Susan H. Alexander
Q & A
How did you get involved with Invacare’s board? Did networking play a role?
It seems that both the biotech and medical technology fields are rapidly evolving. What is it like to work in such a rapidly changing field?
What have you learned about what it’s like to be a director since becoming a director? How have you grown into the position?
You mentioned that, as a lawyer, you had the opportunity to observe what went well and what didn’t. What are some of the things that you see as causing a board to work well or function effectively?
What are your short-term and long-term goals for yourself?
Do you have any final general advice for aspiring directors?
Susan H. Alexander is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Biogen Idec. Biogen Idec is a global Fortune 500 biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and marketing therapies for the treatment of neurological disorders and other serious diseases. Ms. Alexander is a member of the executive team responsible for Biogen Idec’s strategic direction and management. She also advises the Biogen Idec Board of Directors and is responsible for the company’s legal and corporate compliance functions.
Prior to joining Biogen Idec, Ms. Alexander served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PAREXEL International, a global provider of services to pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, as General Counsel of IONA Technologies, an international integration software solution provider, and as Counsel to Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemical company. Ms. Alexander was also previously a partner in the law firms of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder and Fine & Ambrogne.
Ms. Alexander currently serves on the Business Leadership Council of Wellesley College, the Boston University Law School Alumni Executive Council and the Board of Directors of the New England Legal Foundation, She has previously served as Chair of the Middlesex Community College Foundation, Trustee of the Episcopal Divinity School, Secretary of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations, and as a Director of the Cabot Corporation Foundation.
Ms. Alexander received her J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and her B.A. degree from Wellesley College.