Carla Poulson

Interim Chief People and Culture Officer

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Carla Poulson joined uniQure in late 2023 as Interim Chief People & Culture Officer and is currently heading our global Human Resources team.

Carla is a strategic senior Human Resources leader with more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. and Europe. She has experience with a variety of operations in which HR played a critical role in ensuring organizational capability and structure, as well as in building the culture. Carla has excellent ability to partner with people at all levels and work collaboratively to provide innovative business solutions. She values and nurtures an organization with diverse perspectives, recognizing that is how an enterprise gets the most out of its people.

Most recently, Carla worked at Mersana Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery and development of anti-body drug conjugate (ADC) therapies to treat patients fighting cancer, as Chief Human Resources Officer. There she developed and drove strategic HR initiatives to help the company efficiently scale to support a maturing and expanding pipeline.

In 2020, Carla worked at Akcea Therapeutics as Chief Human Resources Officer, where she helped with the transition of the company after its purchase by Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, she worked for ten years in various HR roles at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases.

Carla earned a master’s degree in Human Resources & Industrial Relations and a bachelor of science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

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