Exscientia names first ever chief people officer

Pharmatech firm Exscientia has recruited Caroline Rowland (pictured) as its chief people officer, a newly created role within the business.

Rowland, who will report to chief executive officer and founder Andrew Hopkins, was brought in to lead the firm’s people, HR and places functions in order to build on its talent, training and employee experience strategies.

Most recently, Rowland served as Arm’s vice president of talent, where she held multiple roles and led its talent, business partnering, shared services, global integration and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Prior to this, she spent eight years at Diageo, and five years as a management consultant advising corporate clients with Deloitte, where she was seconded to Hyderabad, India and New York.

Rowland is a board member at the Cambridge Network, a not-for-profit organisation focused on bridging Cambridge’s technology and education sectors.

She said: “Exscientia is a cutting-edge and purpose-driven organisation with aspirations to redefine the drug development landscape. To support this mission, I believe that differentiating the employee experience by cultivating an empowering, creative and supportive environment is essential to success. I am motivated by the opportunity to contribute to this exceptional success story and create and deliver on strategies that, at their heart, empower individuals and drive performance and community.”

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Hopkins added: “Exscientia was founded to create an entirely new type of biopharma business, re-engineered to integrate technologists and drug discovery scientists who share a passion for using technology to make better medicines, faster. In recent years, we’ve expanded our global footprint rapidly, and ensuring that our unique culture persists as we scale is critical.

“Caroline brings over 20 years of global experience in optimising organisational effectiveness and unlocking higher levels of company performance through operational growth and a sense of belonging. Caroline’s expertise and guidance will be invaluable in helping Exscientia excel as a globally diverse and innovative organisation.”