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A Dose of Optimism: Tracey Franklin, Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna
Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company playing a critical role in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. Its enduring mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients. Over the last two years, they were challenged to do so while facing extraordinary pressures, expectations, and conditions. In this episode, Tracy shares how Moderna works to solve this global health crisis in real-time, how they manage through hypergrowth, and what steps they took to nurture a culture that brought out the best in their people so they could protect and save countless lives.
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Tracey Franklin is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Moderna. Tracey joined Moderna in October 2019 and is responsible for leading the accelerated build of the company from ~700 employees to over 3,000 in under 2 years. Originally Massachusetts-based clinical-stage biotech to now operating commercially in 12 countries around the world, talent and culture have been a critical focus area. Tracey is part of the leadership team that brought the company’s first product to market–a lifesaving vaccine to assist in a global pandemic.
Ms. Franklin joins Moderna following 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. where she most recently led Merck’s global talent strategy as Vice President, HR Chief Talent, and Strategy Officer and served on Merck’s HR Leadership Team. In this role, Ms. Franklin was responsible for leading the vision, development, and execution of the company’s Talent and Workforce Strategy with a focus on evolving the organizational culture and talent for the future. Ms.Franklin’s previous leadership roles included responsibility for HR for all divisions in the European region, head of HR for the U.K. and Ireland subsidiaries of Merck, and HR Operations leader responsible for HR program implementation across Merck’s global footprint. She was based in Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
Ms. Franklin holds a bachelor’s in communication arts and sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master's in industrial and organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.