Linda MacDonald is the Chief Operations Officer at Avanir Pharmaceuticals in Orange County, California. Revolutionizing cultures, vitalizing people, and achieving #1, pioneering results have been steadfast cornerstones throughout her career. Therefore, her O.N.E. Leadership Philosophy is:
Act with courage and integrity to be accountable
Stretch people to achieve their highest potential. Support people to achieve their highest aspirations
Expect to be #1
Expect, not hope, to be #1
What matters most to her is exemplifying the courage and agility to transform lives and organizations through innovative strategies, disciplined execution, and unwavering integrity. Hence, Stanford Graduate School of Business’ motto “𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬. 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐎𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝.” is the embodiment and zenith of what she aspires to do every day, serving as a wellspring of humility and accountability to reify – both professionally and personally – whether it be maximizing P&Ls, delighting colleagues and customers, or financing missions to support North Korean refugees and impoverished Yucatec.
Her experience spans across Commercial, R&D, and G&A functions in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions, in a range of therapeutic areas such as Immunology, Neurology, Diabetes, Urology, Osteoporosis, Gastroenterology, Rare and Infectious Disease areas.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University, where she was the President of the Panhellenic Council and a member of the Ohio State Homecoming Court. Linda was the Conway-Chase Award recipient, the Vice-Chair and Treasurer of the Edward S. “Beanie” Drake Endowment Board of Directors, and a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She also graduated from the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
She started her career at Eli Lilly and Company in Sales and advanced to progressively higher levels of responsibility in the Commercial organization during her 17 years. Her curiosity to explore the globe led her to UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Belgium, as the Head of Global Customer-Facing Excellence (CFE) Strategy and Operations. Her passion for leadership and people development led to an opportunity as the VP & Head of Talent Services of the Asia Pacific region.
After six years in Europe and the Asia Pacific with UCB, she returned to the US and is currently the COO at Avanir Pharmaceuticals with functions ranging from IT to Pharmaceutical Development, CMC, and Commercial and Clinical Supply Chain.