Vatsala is a strategy, business transformation and operational excellence leader with business, technical and organizational skills focusing on the biopharmaceutical industry, with 16+ years of experience. She has worked in 4 different biopharmaceutical companies across 3 continents, from R&D to clinical and commercial manufacturing operations. Skilled at driving transformation roadmaps from R&D to manufacturing and supply. Expertise in process simplification and optimization, implementation of best-in-class technology and digital solutions and developing high-performing organizations. A strategic thinker who is able to translate vision and strategy into operational solutions. Passionate about innovation and technology, global networking, benchmarking and experience in multicultural environments (North America, South America, Europe and Asia).
Vatsala is currently the Global Operational Excellence Lead for R&D in Sanofi, where she is responsible for leading and driving the Operational Excellence program for global R&D. Prior to her current role, she was the Head of Operational Excellence for R&D North America Region and before that held various Operational Excellence roles within Sanofi in the Manufacturing and Supply business. Before joining Sanofi, Vatsala worked for Shire and Millipore in various functions from R&D to clinical and commercial manufacturing operations. She holds a Master in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University-Boston and a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a digital mindset and is passionate about AI applications for the life science industry. She has completed the Executive Program in Artificial Intelligence – Implications for Business Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.