Lou Kennedy is President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation. She joined Nephron Pharmaceuticals in 2001 and accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2007. Nephron received an honorable mention award for Global Facility of the Year in 2017 from ISPE. This award recognizes the innovation and automation present throughout the facility, generated under Kennedy’s direction. Kennedy received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in 2019, at the NAM Institute STEP Ahead Women’s event. As the CEO of a woman owned business, Kennedy values female leadership in the workforce. Additionally, she received national recognition as a current Southeastern finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in which a winner will be announced June 2019. Locally, Kennedy holds a variety of leadership positions in her home state of South Carolina, including Chairman of the SC Chamber of Commerce and board member at the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina.