Simon King, Chief People Officer, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., shares his background and journey as an HR leader.
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Simon King decided as a teen volunteering in a hospital that he wanted to help improve people’s lives. He became close to a patient who passed away from cancer, leading King to dedicate his career to making a difference for patients, particularly in the biopharma area, eventually studying genetics in college.
Instead of pursuing a Ph.D., he began working in research and development for a pharmaceutical company. It was then that he learned he enjoyed recruiting and developing people more than other parts of his role. He approached his manager to move into HR and was turned down. He was determined to make the switch and continued to push the idea until he was permitted to transition into HR.
King has used his passion for HR in roles such as Chair of the Board for the SHRM Executive Network. Outside of work, he, his wife of 30 years and two children enjoy time together when he is not whitewater kayaking, skiing or doing karate as a second-degree black belt.
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