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Maryellen McQuade

Corporate Vice President, Human Resources

Maryellen McQuade has been Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Novo Nordisk Inc. since March 2017. She's entrusted with cultivating and preserving the Novo Nordisk Way among the company's people and culture. Ms. McQuade's responsibilities encompass human resource strategies and programs that support the overall business, specifically in the areas of benefits, talent management, learning & development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement and employee relations.

With 13 years of pharmaceutical and human resource experience, Ms. McQuade's expertise is primarily focused in business model redesign, organizational change, talent acquisition and management, and deepening managerial capabilities. She is instrumental in maintaining a foundation of diverse and sophisticated talent, and a broad range of professional development resources, ensuring Novo Nordisk continues to be a place where people aspire to be, stay and grow.

Ms. McQuade joined Novo Nordisk in 2016 as Vice President of Human Resources for Commercial Functions. Prior to that, she was the North America Human Resource Lead for Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) Consumer Health (a joint venture between Novartis Pharmaceuticals and GSK.) Before the merger between GSK and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Ms. McQuade was the Global Human Resource Lead, Technical Operations & Quality at Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Previously, Ms. McQuade spent nearly 10 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in various roles of increasing responsibility in Human Resources, primarily working alongside the Research & Development functions. She ultimately led a Human Resource team supporting the BMS manufacturing network.

Ms. McQuade sits on the board of trustees of the Princeton Charter School. She holds a master's degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from Pomona College.