Richard Williams


Richard Williams





Richard is global technology executive, advisor and board member with over 30 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical, health and consumer industries. He has an extensive and proven track record in advancing product development, market optimization and operational efficiency through innovative technology and data science.   His broad experience ranges from start-up to large-scale commercial organizations.  

Richard has lived and worked abroad, serving at the most senior levels of global multi-national biopharmaceutical companies as well as key leadership roles in building two highly successful early-stage companies. He is the former SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Celgene, and SVP and Group CIO for AstraZeneca PLC.  At AstraZeneca he served for 19 years in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in product development, commercialization, and IT.

Richard was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame in 2018 and has been recognized in Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders, and the IBM Global Leadership Excellence Award for his work in applying innovative 21st-century technologies to advance and commercialize innovative medicines.

Richard currently serves as the managing director of Williams Global Advisors, LLC, an advisory services firm, and a Senior Advisor for Bain & Co.