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M Burns

Department of Management
Alexion Pharmaceuticals


M Burns has been a director of Alexion since July 2014. She currently serves as Center Fellow and Strategic Advisor, Stanford University Center on Longevity. She served in senior executive roles with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. ("MMC"), including as Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Policy Center sponsored by MMC from 2012 to 2014, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer LLC, a subsidiary of MMC, from 2006 to 2011, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MMC in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. Burns served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Chief Restructuring Officer for Mirant Corporation. From 1999 to 2004 she worked in increasing roles of responsibility at Delta Air Lines, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Delta from 2000 to 2004. Ms. Burns began her career with Arthur Andersen, and over an 18-year tenure rose to Senior Partner, leading Andersen's Southern Region Federal Tax Practice, heading its U.S. Healthcare Tax Practice and its Southeastern Region Financial Services Tax Practice, and serving on its Global Advisory Council. Ms. Burns currently serves on the Board of Directors of AB InBev, Etsy, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and Cisco Systems, Inc., and private company Circle Internet Financial, Ltd. She also serves as Treasurer of the Elton John Aids Foundation. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Ivan Allen Company, and Orbitz, LLC.

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