Department of Regulatory Affairs
Ann-Veneman has been a director of Alexion since May 2010. Prior to this, she has served as Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), leading a global organization which supports multiple aspects of child health, nutrition, safety and education. Ms. Veneman was responsible for more than 11,000 staff members in more than 150 countries. Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Veneman was the first woman to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), leading an organization of 110,000 employees with an annual budget of $113 billion. She has also worked as California’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture. An attorney by training, she has practised law in Washington, D.C. and California in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Veneman serves on the not-for-profit boards of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund and Just Capital and serves on the Board of Directors at Nestle, S.A.