Location & dates Online 8 - 18 May 2019

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The role of learning to support digital transformation in pharma

8th May 13.00 CET

Simon Brown, Chief Learning Officer, Novartis 

Data and digital is becoming increasingly important across all industries, but particularly for pharma.  But, these are new skills that we generally don’t have in abundance.  

Hear how Novartis has been tackling the challenge of building digital and data science capability, including what worked and what proved challenging.  Simon Brown, Novartis Chief Learning Officer, will share the Digital Capability Building Strategy, the ongoing projects and experience of what worked well and what didn’t.

Simon Brown was appointed Chief Learning Officer, Novartis in February 2019.  Responsibilities include leading learning and capability building across the company, defining and implementing the Novartis Learning Strategy, and building Digital Capability.

Simon joined Novartis in 2013 in Switzerland, to design and build the Novartis Capability Building Academy, focusing on innovative learning for developing Commercial capabilities globally. In 2016, he moved to the Drug Development world, to consolidate multiple learning teams into the Global Development University, before moving on in 2017 to run the Learning CoE and the Novartis University.

Before Novartis, Simon designed and led the successful enterprise-wide learning transformation at Lloyds Banking Group, driving significant savings while increasing the volume of, and engagement with learning. The transformation included a new learning operating model, processes and technology platforms, an overhaul of the learning curriculum and learning blend, and the outsourcing of the administration and operations of learning.

Previously, Simon had led the UK Learning Strategy offering at Accenture, and co-founded one of the UK's leading e-Learning companies, BrightWave. He has considerable learning experience from working with leading global organizations including Microsoft, HSBC, Barclays, BT, Canon and BP.

Simon’s awards include an Honorable Mention as ‘Learning Champion of the Year’, the ‘Chief Learning Officer, Silver Strategy Award’, and also an ‘HR Excellence Award’.

View the recorded webinar here