Merck / Executive Director, Global Field Medical Center of Excellence (CoE)
Donna Holder is the Executive Director, Global Field Medical Center of Excellence (CoE) at Merck. She joined Merck in January 2018 to lead the CoE where she is responsible for strengthening the field medical capability worldwide. Additionally, she leads the scientific and capabilities training function which resides in the CoE. Donna has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with a wealth of experience in Medical Affairs. She started her career at Marion Merrell Dow (now Sanofi) in Clinical Development and then joined AstraMerck (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) where she spent over ten years in senior leadership roles including leadership of MSL, Medical Information, and Contact Center teams. In her last role at AZ as Senior Director, MSL Excellence in Global Medical Affairs, Donna was accountable for the strategic direction of the MSL function. She led development, delivery, and measurement of initiatives to strengthen MSL capabilities worldwide. Donna left AZ at the end of 2014 and became a Medical Affairs consultant, partnering with pharmaceutical and biotech clients to deliver solutions including capability development, business process development, business strategy, operations management, and coaching. Donna earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan.