Renee Connolly

2018, 2019 Speaker

RENEE CONNOLLY is global head of communications and corporate responsibility at MilliporeSigma. Her responsibilities include leading internal and external communications, corporate brand strategy, the business’s community affairs and corporate responsibility programs, and oversight of events and programs for the business worldwide. She led the communication strategy for the $17B acquisition of chemical giant Sigma-Aldrich in 2015, the largest acquisition in the company’s history and one of the largest ever in the life science industry. During this time, Connolly also launched MilliporeSigma’s SPARK™ volunteer program and signature Curiosity Labs™ program, aimed at inspiring students to explore STEM careers. From its inception in early 2016, more than 8,800 MilliporeSigma employees have volunteered some 80,000 hours of their time across thirty-six countries, engaging more than 228,000 children in this exciting, hands-on education program. Prior to joining MilliporeSigma, Connolly was vice president of US communications for EMD Serono. Connolly is involved in numerous charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge and the American Diabetes Association. She is a past recipient of a Working Mother of the Year award by Working Mother magazine. Connolly earned a BA in journalism from Ithaca College in New York. She and her husband Scott are parents to four active children and live in the Boston suburbs.

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