As US and Global Chief Compliance Officer, Jennifer ensures that Otsuka’s commitment to a culture of integrity is shared and owned by everyone, regardless of role, title or responsibility. As a key advisor, Jennifer is passionate about working with businesses through partnership and collaboration, thinking together how best to approach decisions while mitigating risk. With a purpose to empower and inspire, Jennifer strives to create an environment where people have the freedom to operate and ultimately achieve their full potential.
At a global level, Jennifer leads the effort to ensure that all parts of the business understand the nuances of operating within our code of conduct through a comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program, designed and implemented to adhere to industry best practices and current government guidance. Additionally, in the US, she oversees Corporate Affairs, a function comprising Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Patient Advocacy, and Stakeholder Management.
Jennifer joined Otsuka in January 2011 as Senior Compliance Counsel and assumed the responsibilities of Chief Compliance Officer in May 2015. Prior to joining Otsuka, she worked as a litigator at a multinational law firm, focusing on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in government investigations and lawsuits. She also served on active duty in the US Army for more than 13 years, trying more than 70 felony criminal trials. Jennifer then served in the US Army Reserve for an additional 13 years, retiring in 2017.
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and her JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.
I believe that when we harness our collective ability, passion, and experience, we empower ourselves to defy limitation, so that others can too.