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HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius sat down with the Sanofi CEO to talk about how to drive a strong corporate culture in a dispersed, hybrid era; what the office of the future might look like, and companies' duty to help employees achieve their best selves. Talented employees, he says, “expect to tell you exactly what they think on any given day", and that's great.
  • This interview is the third in a new video series called “The New World of Work,” which will explore how top-tier executives see the future and how their companies are trying to set themselves up for success.

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Sanofi’s CEO on How Company Culture Can Thrive in a Distributed, Hybrid World



Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson is leading the execution of Sanofi’s Play to Win strategy, a five-year plan (2020-2025) designed with the ambition to leverage breakthrough science to change the practice of medicine and to foster a workplace where people can bring their best selves to work. The strategy has sharpened the focus on key R&D areas, including immunology, vaccines, hemophilia, oncology, and rare diseases, with the objective of delivering breakthrough solutions to patients and improve people’s health worldwide. Under Paul’s leadership, and in the middle of a global pandemic, Sanofi has renewed its commitments to society, putting sustainability and social responsibility at the core of its long-term strategy.

Before joining Sanofi, Paul was CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals from 2016 to 2019, and a member of the Novartis Executive Committee. His career in healthcare has spanned the globe, with assignments in the US, Japan and Europe. Prior to Novartis, he worked for AstraZeneca, where he held several increasingly senior positions and most recently carried out the roles of president, AstraZeneca US and executive vice president, North America. He began his career in sales and marketing roles at GlaxoSmithKline UK and Sanofi-Synthélabo UK.

Paul holds a degree in economics from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, and in July 2018 his alma mater awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration for his achievements in industry.

Adi Ignatius 

Adi Ignatius (born in Burbank, California) is editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review. He joined the magazine in January 2009.

Previously, he was deputy managing editor for Time, where he was responsible for many of its special editions, including the Person of the Year and Time 100 franchises. Previously, Ignatius served as Time's executive editor starting in 2002, responsible for the magazine's business and international coverage. He wrote frequently for the magazine, including cover stories on Google and the 2007 Person of the Year profile of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Ignatius joined Time as Deputy Editor of Time Asia in 1996, based in Hong Kong, and was named Editor of that edition in 2000.

Prior to joining Time, Ignatius worked for many years at the Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper's bureau chief in Beijing and later in Moscow. He later served as managing editor of the Central European Economic Review and business editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, publications owned by Dow Jones.

Ignatius was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 1990. He received a bachelor's degree in history in 1981 from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society and sits on the advisory board of the journalism school at SUNY.

His father, Paul Ignatius, served as United States Secretary of the Navy from 1967 to 1969. His brother, David Ignatius, is an editor and columnist for The Washington Post.

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  • This interview is the third in a new video series called “The New World of Work,” which will explore how top-tier executives see the future and how their companies are trying to set themselves up for success. Each week, Adi will interview a leader on LinkedIn Live — and then share an inside look at those conversations and solicit questions for future discussions in a newsletter just for HBR subscribers.

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The New World of Work

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  • g-f(2)702 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (12/3/2021), HBR, Former Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly: Empowering Workers to Create ‘Magic’
  • g-f(2)415 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (8/10/2021), HBR, Softening Capitalism’s Downsides
  • g-f(2)596 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (10/24/2021), HBR, HBR's Goldmine of Knowledge: Current Issue, Nov-Dec 2021

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