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Closure of AstraZeneca period 2007 - 2017


As we come up to the end of the year, I want to take a moment to acknowledge Margot Freericks.  Margot, as many of you know, will be leaving AstraZeneca at the end of the year to start up her own consultancy in Almere where she now resides.  Margot joined MedImmune/AstraZeneca in July 2007 as the Site HR Lead in Nijmegen and over the last year has been leading the talent acquisition efforts in our Sweden start up. 

Over the course of her 10 years, Margot has played an important role in a range of organizational and talent development activities, including the decentralization of Operations and the subsequent organizational upgrade efforts; the integration and alignment of our Dutch benefits plans to the AZ plans; and, of course, more recently, the buildup of the Sweden bio team from a small team of 2 to over 80.  The Sweden operating environment is complex and Margot was able to establish core ways of working, taking the best from Bio and Sweden Ops to setup a sustainable organization.   As many of you know, Margot’s transition started some 12-15 months ago when she got married, and during this time she has ensured seamless transitions between she and Ton and now Charlotta.  While Margot has made meaningful contributions, a big piece of her legacy, is how she had delivered her role - her action orientation, positive attitude and straightforward approach have enabled her to build strong relationships across the organization and has strengthened the reputation of HR along the way.

On a personal note, I have relied on Margot to ‘call it like she sees it’ and have always benefitted from her caring candor.  I will miss her voice and energy on our team.

Please join me in wishing Margot all the best as she starts off on her latest adventure.


Elizabete Terminella

Global Biologics Operations & Global Engineering