Mark Blanchard BSc, CA-AM, MCIPS

Mark is a chemist with more than 20 years’ experience spanning the Chemicals & Pharmaceutical industries. A results oriented senior business leader who expertly brings people and processes together from across organisations to deliver sustainable business results. Consistently delivering results within the Pharma industry in senior roles with expertise in leading global, cross functional project teams within Drug Development. During 11 years with AstraZeneca, he held positions of increasing seniority in operations, procurement and R&D functions.

With strong commercial and business relationship expertise, he has established and managed new supply chains with strategic CMO & CRO suppliers and transformed existing relationships with key suppliers, enabling a step change improvement in project delivery and delivery performance.

Achievements include creating competitive advantage through the successful delivery of a strategically important $60 million project to outsource a key clinical delivery service, exceeding deal value expectation within challenging timelines and organisational change.

As an Alliance and Integration Director, he played a key role in AstraZeneca’s drive to be recognised as a “Partner of Choice” within the industry. He led the diagnosis of areas of improvement across the late stage projects portfolio and designed and delivered skills development programmes to senior alliance project leaders.  He also leveraged his project management expertise in delivering a critical element of the integration of a $4.3 billion acquisition deal. This was delivered at industry leading speed whilst effectively managing risk