Michelle Carnahan is the Sr. Vice President, Head of Primary Care and US Country Council Chair for Sanofi. Michelle is responsible for commercial operations in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canada, which is comprised of Sales, Marketing, Market Access, One Trade, and Innovative Solutions. Michelle also sits on the Board of Directors for Onduo, a joint venture with Verily Life Sciences dedicated to helping people living with diabetes. She also serves as the Chair for Sanofi’s U.S. Country Council.
Michelle has a broad commercial background which includes substantial P&L accountability, extensive partnerships, significant organizational results, and strategic innovation work. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her skills as a passionate, patient-centric leader who consistently holds herself and the organization to drive outcomes and better experiences for patients. She joined Sanofi in January 2018, bringing deep knowledge across many therapeutic areas including CNS, women’s health, musculoskeletal and diabetes. During her 25 years with Eli Lilly, she held progressively more senior roles in sales, marketing, human resources, and general management. Most recently, Michelle served as Chief Operating Officer for the International Business of Lilly, where she was responsible to drive the commercial operations and strategy.
Michelle is recognized for championing women’s issues and education. She is one of the Sanofi ambassadors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Gender Parity Collaborative. She served as executive sponsor of Lilly’s Women’s Leadership Network for several years. She also served as a member of the Advisory Council for St. Mary’s Child Center, is currently an Advisor to the JBW Women in Management Center at Purdue University, and serves on the Alumni Board at DePauw University.
She is also member of the Health Leadership Council, an exclusive coalition of healthcare executives aiming to help make affordable, high-quality care accessible to all.
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University.