Gale Bensussen

President, Leiner Health Products and President-elect of the Board of Governors
of the USC Alumni Association and Trustee, University of Southern California


Current Position

President, Leiner Health Products, one of the world's largest manufacturers of vitamins, nutritional supplements and over-the-counter drugs.

Mr. Bensussen, a founding executive of Leiner Health Products, has held a key role since 1974 as the company evolved from a basic importer of bulk chemicals into an industry leader in self care consumer products. His expertise in product development, marketing and building business partnerships has enabled the company to grow in an increasingly competitive environment. Mr. Bensussen's emphasis on accountability has proven effective whether working with internal team members or equity partners. His management of complex legal and regulatory affairs has contributed to the company's success in new product development, contract manufacturing and over-the-counter (OTC) product development.

Mr. Bensussen has developed international partnerships, building a manufacturing plant in China and establishing product development agreements with OTC and pharmaceutical companies in numerous countries. He is a past representative of the Transatlantic Business Partnership.

He has contributed both time and resources to support research in university centers across the United States. He recently led the development and fundraising efforts to establish the Analytical Laboratory for Nutritional Supplements at the USC School of Pharmacy.

Mr. Bensussen is a frequent speaker on health-related topics and serves on numerous boards and committees that develop standards for manufacturing and promote consumer protection.

B.S., 1970 University of Southern California, School of Business
J.D., 1974 Southwestern University School of Law


  • Member , California State Bar and the Federal Bar Associations
  • Member, Board of Governors, USC Alumni Association
  • Member, Board of Governors Executive Committee, USC Alumni Association
  • USC Presidential Associate and Presidential Ambassador
  • Member, USC Skull and Dagger Honor Society
  • Past Chairman (1997-2002) and Member, USC School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors
  • Recipient of the 1999 Honorary Alumnus Award, USC School of Pharmacy
  • Member, Board of Directors, Independent Colleges of Southern California
  • Member, Board of Directors, Leiner Health Products
  • Member, Board of Directors, Avalon Natural Products
  • Member, Board of Directors, Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA)
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
  • USA Delegate, Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD)
Clubs & Social Interests

Member of the Los Angeles Country Club, the California Club, and the Balboa Yacht Club.

Interests include boating, golfing, cooking, international travel and USC sporting events.

Personal Information

Married 35 years to wife, Jane, also a USC graduate
Residence in Santa Monica and Newport Beach, California
Two children: Lane, a graduate of Chapman University and Adrienne who attends Orange Coast College.


Leiner Health Products
901 East 233rd Street
Carson, CA 90745
Phone: (310) 952-1348
Fax: (310) 952-7763