Michele Galen is an independent healthcare advisor. A lawyer and journalist, Michele most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Shire. Prior to Shire, Michele served as a Managing Director for MPM Capital and as a communication advisor and executive coach to corporate and global health clients. Michele earlier spent 14 years at Novartis in global leadership roles, including as Chief Communications Officer reporting to the CEO and residing in Basel, Switzerland. She also led diverse externally facing global functions and served as a member of management for Novartis Global Oncology and for the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Division.
Michele worked as Managing Director for Burson-Marsteller, where she co-founded the Organizational Effectiveness Practice; Legal Affairs and Social Issues Editor for Business Week; and as an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Michele has a BA from George Washington University, JD from New York University School of Law, and MS in Journalism from Columbia University. She is member of the board of Global Oncology, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing global cancer care and treatment, and has served on the boards of the Global Health Council and nonprofit StupidCancer.