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Top Minds: The champion of culture

Bill Coffin | April 10, 2018

Indrani Franchini will gladly tell you that she didn’t imagine a career in compliance when she was in law school. But after a few years practicing law at a firm that specialized in project finance work, she was looking for an opportunity that would place her in more of an adviser role as in-house counsel. As luck would have it, one of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, was looking for someone to join their newly formed compliance function. And so, in 2003, her compliance career began. By 2009, she would become the chief compliance counsel, overseeing Pfizer’s $40 billion global pharmaceutical business.

“This was right at the time of WorldCom and Enron,” Franchini says. “Nobody really knew what the compliance function was or what it did.” She took the job thinking it would be a terrific opportunity for her to spend a few years getting to know the company before transitioning into handling the legal side of business transaction. What she didn’t expect was “...

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