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Carla Poulson

Chief People Officer

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Carla joined Mersana in January 2021, with 20 years of experience in human resources in the U.S. and Europe and has held a variety of roles, including the building and development of  talent and leadership at multiple large companies and helping to shape a positive culture at these companies to support overall business strategy.

Before joining Mersana, Ms. Poulson was Chief Human Resources Officer at Akcea Therapeutics, before its acquisition by Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Akcea, she served multiple roles at Vertex Pharmaceuticals over 10 years. She started as the Human Resources Director at Vertex, progressing to Head of International Human Resources where she grew the international Headquarters from 2-250+ employees in just two years. Ultimately, she served as Vice President and Senior Human Resources Business Partner driving change management throughout the organization during a period of great organizational growth. She has also held managing positions at Ahold Corporation, Stop & Shop Supermarket Co., Pepsi Bottling Group and ExxonMobil Corporation.

Ms. Poulson holds a Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and a B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, both from the University of Illinois.