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Leadership: David R. Brennan

by Gettysburg College

*Remote Engagement -Virtual Calendar

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

10 AM – 11 AM EST (GMT-5)

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Event Title: Leadership Lessons with Susan Eisenhower: David R. Brennan
Organization: Break Term

Susan Eisenhower, Chairman Emerita of the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, will interview David Brennan ’75, P’00, Retired CEO of AstraZeneca—one of the world’s leading research-based biopharmaceutical companies. Brennan currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Gettysburg College.


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David Brennan

Retired Chief Executive Officer

AstraZeneca PLC

David R. Brennan is Chairman of Alexion’s Board of Directors. He served as a Director of Alexion since July 2014 and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Alexion from December 2016 to March 2017.

From 2006 to 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of AstraZeneca PLC, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Brennan worked for AstraZeneca in increasing roles of responsibility, including as Executive Vice President of North America from 2001 to 2006, and as Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Portfolio Management from 1999 to 2001.

Prior to the merger of Astra AB and Zeneca Plc, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Planning and Development of Astra Pharmaceuticals LP, the American subsidiary of Astra AB. Mr. Brennan began his career in 1975 at Merck and Co. Inc., where he rose from Sales Representative in the U.S. Division to General Manager of Chibret International, a French subsidiary of Merck.

Mr. Brennan currently serves on the Board of Directors Insmed Incorporated, and previously served on the Board of Directors of AstraZeneca PLC, Innocol, Inc., Reed Elsevier PLC, and the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Mr. Brennan received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Gettysburg College, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Brennan is a member of the Leadership and Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

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Susan Eisenhower

Chairman Emerita

Eisenhower Institute

Susan Eisenhower, serves as the Chairman Emerita of Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute.

As the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Susan Eisenhower offers students a unique perspective in the arena of leadership development, specifically the character and mindset necessary for today’s generation to bring about change in a complex, interconnected world. 

Beyond her integral involvement with the Eisenhower Institute, she is an author, international policy consultant, and an expert on international security, space policy, energy, and relations between the Russian Federation and the United States of America.


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