Ayo Sanderson, Esq. serves as Executive Director & Head for the US Pharma Division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in the Communications & Patient Relations Department, leading the Advocacy and Alliance Development team. Prior to joining Novartis in 2013, Ms. Sanderson practiced law for approximately 20 years, while leading and volunteering with local and national non-profit organizations and community groups.
Ms. Sanderson began her career as a litigator with Lowenstein Sandler in Roseland, New Jersey and she subsequently joined the litigation department of Akin Gump in New York City. She later joined Bell Atlantic/Verizon serving as Executive Director and Regulatory Counsel and held legal and executive business leadership positions at T-Mobile USA. Most recently, Ms. Sanderson served as general counsel for a division of BAE Systems, Inc., a British-owned major defense contractor.
In parallel with her legal and business career, Ms. Sanderson previously served on the board of the United Way of Morris County in New Jersey and on the Health & Human Services committee for the Morris County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She has also received awards and recognition for her community-based work and held leadership positions within several local, national and international organizations, serving as the President of the Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Founder and President of Born Heroes, Inc., Secretary for the Board of Directors of Sisters Enlisted to Empower Dreams, Inc. (S.E.E.D.), Advisory Council member for the Morristown Neighborhood House and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Ms. Sanderson earned her Juris Doctor from Columbia University, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University. She resides in Morristown, New Jersey with her husband, Mark Wilson, and their two children.