Step­ping up with con­fi­dence

DR CHRISTIANE HAMACHER Head Re­gion Asia Pa­cific, Roche Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, Sin­ga­pore

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On Novem­ber 1, 2016, Roche Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Asia Pa­cific an­nounced that Dr Christiane Hamacher as­sumed the role of Head of Asia Pa­cific, join­ing Roche’s global Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Lead­er­ship Team. Based in Sin­ga­pore, the com­pany’s re­gional head­quar­ters, she leads more than 6,000 em­ploy­ees in 22 coun­tries across the re­gion.

Dr Chris­taine is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of Roche Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals’ in­no­va­tive port­fo­lio of medicines across Asia Pa­cific (APAC). As the head of the APAC re­gion, she helped Roche to build stronger re­la­tion­ships with physi­cians, reg­u­la­tors and health care au­thor­i­ties in APAC to ful­fil unmet med­i­cal needs.

Talk­ing about her cur­rent role, Dr Christiane says, “I ex­pected that work­ing across sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­tries, cul­tures and health­care sys­tems would be com­plex: and it has been! We are al­ways look­ing at how we can im­prove pro­cesses and re­duce com­plex­ity, but there sim­ply are no “one size fits all” solutions to the chal­lenges fac­ing pa­tients in Asia-Pa­cific. The ad­van­tage of such di­ver­sity is that we can all learn from each other.”

Dr Christiane joined Roche in

2007. She was most re­cently Gen­eral Man­ager of Roche Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals’ Czech Repub­lic busi­ness. Dr Christiane has es­tab­lished a strong track record in strate­gic man­age­ment and hu­man re­sources, and has un­der­taken global com­mer­cial and op­er­a­tional roles in the US, Europe and Asia.

At Roche, Dr Christiane’s roles have in­cluded the po­si­tions of Gen­eral Man­ager Nor­way, Life Cy­cle Leader, Virol­ogy and Re­sourc­ing Man­ager in Group Hu­man Re­sources. Shar­ing her in­sights on gen­der par­ity in the in­dus­try, Dr Christiane high­lighted that 53% of Roche’s APAC lead­ers are women and Roche is ‘not male-dom­i­nated.’ She says, “Roche has been a real leader in this area. In APAC re­gion for Roche Pharma, the fe­male to male ra­tio is 4:3. And 53% of our man­agers are women. The task for us is to make our or­ga­ni­za­tion even more in­clu­sive at ev­ery level.”

Prior to join­ing Roche, Dr Christiane spent 10 years at Scher­ing where she held se­nior man­age­rial po­si­tions in on­col­ogy, hu­man re­sources and was Gen­eral Man­ager the Philip­pines. Dr Christiane holds a PhD from the Univer­sity Clinic Bergmannsheil /

Ruhr- Univer­sity of Bochum, Ger­many. Her sci­en­tific work was fo­cused on on­col­ogy, molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy and sig­nal trans­duc­tion. She also stud­ied Eco­nomics at the Univer­sity of Ha­gen, Ger­many.

She added that to achieve suc­cess it is im­por­tant to ‘truly love the work one does’. “So­ci­ety has had dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions for men and women. But that is chang­ing. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s go­ing in the right di­rec­tion. It is so im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ca­reer plan – es­pe­cially women. We can­not ex­pect any­one else to map out a ca­reer path for us.

Tak­ing con­trol of your ca­reer as a woman means be­ing coura­geous, be­ing will­ing to voice their opin­ions and step­ping up with con­fi­dence when op­por­tu­ni­ties arise. The more we do that, the faster peo­ple will leave be­hind out­dated ca­reer ex­pec­ta­tions for men and women. Fi­nally, be will­ing to seize op­por­tu­ni­ties and take on ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity - don’t wait un­til you feel you are 100% ready.”

DR CHRISTIANE HAMACHER Head Re­gion Asia Pa­cific, Roche Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, Sin­ga­pore

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