Caroline O'Brien

AstraZeneca Global Quality Audit - Hub Director AsiaPacific

At AstraZeneca, Caroline is the Global Quality Audit Regional Hub Director for Asia Pacific based in Osaka, Japan. She is responsible for managing the Asia Pacific team, as well as conducting audits of AstraZeneca manufacturing sites, contractors, suppliers, due diligence and other audits where specialized expert technical skills and experience are needed.

Previously she was the Director of Operations Compliance, where her responsibilities included developing and leading the implementation of the Compliance strategy in Global Operations and Supply Chain; ensuring the deployment of an effective compliance program for Operations including Responsible Sourcing; accountability for the external audit program. In addition, she is an experienced Safety, Health and Environment professional undertaking sites audits for both internal and external supply network.

In early 2018, I became the lead representative for AstraZeneca, further allowing me to build on the strong working relationships with other PSCI members, including members of the Board. The insights gained have consolidated my belief in setting Industry-wide expectations of our supply chain (both internal and external networks) and in challenging future state. Through the existing and previous Boards, I have seen increased momentum both in strategic direction, pace and both internal and external engagement to move our organisation forward as a lead player in supporting Ethical and Responsible Sourcing in the Pharma Sector. I believe that as an organisation we have the potential to do even more, and that we can leverage the broader mindset of Sustainability to drive both value and increased reputation in our sector.