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Monday, April 18, 12:30-1:45pm ET


VIRTUAL via BlueJeans Events (after registration, you will receive a link to the session to the email address provided)


Global Operations at AstraZeneca plays a critical ​role in the development, manufacturing, testing ​and delivery of our medicines around the world.​ With the world around us changing rapidly, ​we are evolving our network, our technology and our capabilities to deliver more medicines, to more patients, more quickly and to build a better, more sustainable future. ​In this session we will be exploring how we are embracing Digital Transformation and Pioneering High-Tech New Strategies Across the supply value chain including:

  • Elevating the supply chain end-to-end to meet the needs of patients today and tomorrow in a transformational way 
  • Adopting digital and Industry 4.0 technologies as the next driver of innovation and patient-centricity
  • Driving ambition Zero Carbon across our value chain through flagship science-based climate strategy
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where we feel proud of the positive impact we are making to patients, society and the environment​


Gurinder Kaur is the vice president of Operations IT for AstraZeneca, with overall responsibility for the development and execution of end to end supply chain and manufacturing technology and digital strategies. In addition, she is responsible for ensuring the strategic development of digital, data and analytics platforms supporting the global AZ operations function. Reporting into the Chief Digital Officer, Gurinder is a member of the Global Operations and IT Senior Leadership Team. Gurinder has more than 25 years of diverse technology and digital experience in the consumer product goods, automotive and oil and gas industries. She brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience in leveraging technology and digital to drive business results. 

Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Gurinder held the role of Chief Information Officer, Coca Cola North America - driving the company’s digital transformation journey for key functions including Supply Chain, Operations, Marketing and Sales. Before Coca Cola, she served as Vice President - Global Commercial, Robotics and Analytics Solutions for Kellogg Company. Additionally, Gurinder held senior leadership roles with Diageo, Ford Motor Co and Shell Oil in Asia, Australia, UK, Germany and the US. She began her career as a Audit manager with Deloitte in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Gurinder earned her Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) in Australia and her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has completed executive leadership studies at Harvard and Stanford University. Ms. Kaur's LinkedIn Profile

Linzell Harris is senior vice president of Global Supply Chain and Strategy for AstraZeneca, with overall responsibility for the development and execution of the end to end supply chain platform and product supply strategies. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring the strategic development of network designs and supply chain capabilities supporting the global AZ operational network. Reporting into the EVP of Operations and Information Technology, Linzell is a member of the Global Operations Senior Leadership Team. Linzell has more than 30 years of diverse general management and global operations experience in the consumer product goods, pharmaceutical and luxury goods industries.

Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Linzell held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain for TEVA Pharmaceuticals - supporting the company’s comprehensive global supply network for generic and specialty pharmaceuticals.  Before TEVA, he served as Head of Global Operations for Godiva Chocolatier and as a member of Godiva’s Executive Leadership team reporting to the CEO and President. Additionally, Linzell has worked in Senior Management roles at Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Warner Lambert and Baxter Healthcare. He began his working career as a Supply Corp officer in the US Navy. Linzell earned a BS in Mathematics from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with graduate studies at Villanova University. He has completed executive studies at Michigan State, Columbia and Harvard Universities. Mr. Harris' LinkedIn Profile

*Special Note

The session is being presented as part of ISyE6340: Global Supply Chain Seminar, but is open to the larger Georgia Tech community.