Ray Pawlicki

Executive Chairman - PrecisionLife

Ray was recruited to the Healthcare industry in 2000 and accepted the position of CIO for the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (US affiliate of Novartis AG). Over four plus years, Ray successfully turned around a fledgling IT organization. Ray then accepted the role of Global CIO for Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG. Ray and his family re-located and embraced the new role and life in Switzerland.
In his new role in Switzerland, Ray stayed focused on improving the business and enabled a “lean” methodology to drive significant global savings to the Novartis operating model. Ray was a member of the Executive Committee as well as a member of the Executive Commercial Committee. Ray led a global IT organization makeover which was rooted in a cultural transformation program and a relentless focus on driving the business. Ray returned to the US in 2008 and was recruited to join Biogen as their Chief Information Officer. Reporting directly to the CEO and being a member of the Executive Committee, Ray was an active participant in the governance, growth and transformation of Biogen. Ray re-created the IT organization at Biogen enabling IT to become a strategic asset to company’s success. Ray oversaw the creation of a company wide Data Sciences Organization to leverage the emerging “big data” revolution. The new IT organization is now considered essential to the future growth of Biogen as the focus for IT has dramatically shifted to leveraging “big data”, analytics, social and mobility to create new ways of operating. Ray was also the interim Head of HR for a year when the Biogen’s transformation began in 2011. Ray resides in Boston, Massachusetts and has recently decided to shift his energies towards directorships on various Boards and an adjunct professorship at a local University. Ray has his degree in Computer Science from Montclair University and has participated in extensive Executive Education programs at Harvard University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

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