INTERVIEWS - TOP 100 WOMEN

EMER CUNNINGHAM

VP, Supply Chain - Internal Medicine BU

PFIZER

Q. How did you decide to pursue a career in supply chain?
I started my career in manufacturing and spent a number of years working in production and engineering before taking on secondments in operational excellence and business management. As I spent more time working with our commercial team, I became increasingly interested in the interface between manufacturing and commercial teams. For me, supply chain presented an opportunity to become embedded in that space and I love every minute of it. Our Purpose at Pfizer is “Breakthroughs that change patients lives.” The work that my team does every day directly impacts that Purpose. We help ensure that life-changing medicines are delivered to patients when and where they need them. What could be more rewarding?
Q. Your thoughts on how the industry has changed for women from the time you started your supply chain journey?
I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 25 years and it has changed hugely since that time. While there are more opportunities right across the board, supply chain in our industry is becoming a leader in diversity and equity. I think we are still on a journey and we have a way to go before we really the see the power of a truly diverse workforce.
Q. How would you use this recognition to influence others and how would it impact your career?
As I progress through my career, I hope that I am at least making things a little easier for those that are starting their own journey. In Ireland, we currently have a campaign called “20*20, if she can’t see it, she can’t be it.” It specifically targets women in sport, but in my mind, the principles are the same – celebrating our accomplishments shouldn’t be a difficult thing and making them visible may just inspire someone in the next generation. 

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