Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Nationality: American and Irish
Karen Linehan leads Sanofi’s Legal, Ethics and Business Integrity (LEBI) function with the objective of safeguarding Sanofi and protecting its employees, shareholders, patients and customers. Based in Paris, Sanofi’s General Counsel has overall responsibility for its global LEBI team worldwide, including lawyers, patent attorneys and compliance officers. Beyond her LEBI leadership role, Karen passionately promotes diversity, gender balance and personal development in her team and throughout the company. She is a founding member of Sanofi’s Gender Balance Board, which helped put the promotion of gender equality at the core of the company’s strategy.
Karen joined Sanofi in January 1991 as the Assistant General Counsel in its US subsidiary. She moved to Paris in July 1996 to work on international legal matters and has held several positions within the Legal Department, in particular Vice President–Deputy Head of Legal Operations. Before joining Sanofi, Karen was an associate in a mid-size law firm in New York, and prior to practicing law, she served on the congressional staff of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
Karen graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and a Juris Doctorate (professional doctorate of law).
Karen is an avid traveler who loves to discover new places, people, cultures and cuisines. She is a keen cook, having learnt from French chefs in her adopted city Paris, and a devoted aunt to her nieces, nephew, as well as her grand nieces and nephews.
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