John Kopchinski, the man who blew the whistle on pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., was named the most influential person in business ethics in 2009 by the think tank Ethisphere. (h/t UPI)
Kopchinski, a former Pfizer sales representative, waged a six-year legal battle against the company, exposing massive marketing transgressions that would lead to a record criminal penalty ($1.2 billion) and the largest-ever civil penalty ($1 billion) against a pharmaceutical company.
For his part, Kopchinski earned $52 million under the False Claims Act’s qui tam provision. Ethisphere, which is well-known for its annual ”World’s Most Ethical Companies” rankings, recognized Kopchinski for turning “whistleblowing into big business.”
He topped the list of 100 honorees — which also includes Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney. Breuer (No. 12) and Varney (No. 25) were commended for their leadership of the Criminal and Antitrust divisions, respectively.
Other winners included President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI. Click here for the full list.