Joe Manchin daughter: Who is Mylan CEO Heather Bresch?

Bruno Cooke February 24, 2021
Joe Manchin daughter: Who is Mylan CEO Heather Bresch?
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American business executive Heather Manchin Bresch is the daughter of West Virginia senator Joe Manchin III. So, what do we know about Joe Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch?

Besides being Joe Manchin’s daughter…

Heather Manchin Bresch, born 1969, spent several years as the CEO of Netherlands-based pharmaceutical company Mylan.

She held the post from 2012, but stood down in November 2020, as a result of the company’s merging with Pfizer’s Upjohn outfit. Upon assuming the role, Heather Mamchin became the first woman to run a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. 

Between 2007 and 2015, her annual compensation for work as Mylan’s CEO rose 671%, from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068.

Partly because of this, in 2015, Fortune Magazine listed her at #22 on their Most Powerful Women list.

Heather Bresch bio

Bresch grew up in Fairmont and Farmington, West Virginia. 

Her father is US senator for West Virginia, Joe Manchin, while her mother, Gayle Conelly Manchin, served on the West Virginia Board of Education from 2007 to 2015.

Heather was previously married to businessman Douglas Kirby, but later married Jones Day lawyer Jeffrey Bresch. The couple have four children: Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe and Jack.

In 2013, Heather and her husband bought a home in the Pittsburgh area for $2.85 million.

Meanwhile, in March 2020, Wall Mine estimated Heather Bresch’s net worth to be over $31 million. 

But the merger of Mylan and Pficer Inc.’s Upjohn unit may have affected the value of her portfolio. The new firm, Viatris, has headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, but Bresch is no longer the CEO.

Why is Sen. Manchin’s daughter trending today?

Joe Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, is trending on Twitter following the re-emergence of criticisms regarding her company’s decision to dramatically increase the price of the EpiPen.

According to some opinions on Twitter, Neera Tanden (who criticised Bresch’s corporate practice on Twitter in 2016) and Joe Manchin (Heather Bresch’s father) are apparently engaged in a political tête-à-tête.

West Virginia University MBA controversy

However, this particular controversy is not the first in which Heather Bresch has been a central figure. 

Previously, in 2007, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated the academic credentials claimed by Bresch, including an MBA degree. It emerged that she had not actually completed the requisite classes for the degree, but the university awarded it to her anyway.

The investigation panel concluded that she had not deliberately lied about the degree; rather, fault lay with the university. 

As a result, West Virginia University’s president, Michael Garrison, resigned from his position.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.