Moderna Appoints Head of R&D HR from Search by Hanold Associates


Moderna has appointed three new HR Leaders in the last three weeks from searches by Hanold Associates. Most recently, Amanda Sorrento has been named Vice President, Head of Research & Development, HR, based in the Greater Boston area. Kile Hanold, Sandra Peña, Katrina Prospero and Ashley Schiele led the search.

Amanda Sorrento comes to Moderna from Biogen and Beacon Health Options where she held various HR leadership positions. At Moderna, Ms. Sorrento will partner with the research and clinical development leadership teams to deliver against the business and people growth objectives to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of key HR projects and objectives, promoting a high-performance culture. She will also work collaboratively with the HR team and other subject matter experts to align practices and initiatives with the company’s strategic and operational goals.

“Moderna is bringing on an exceptional talent in Amanda as they continue on their exciting journey within the world of vaccines,” said Kile Hanold, Partner on the search. “Given her depth of experience within this industry, Amanda will look to upscale talent strategies and HR capabilities, and will be a key contributor in the efforts that keep Moderna a major player in this space. We look forward to watching Amanda flourish in this role.”

Moderna Therapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on pioneering the development of a new class of drugs utilizing messenger RNA (mRNA). This new and innovative drug platform builds on the discovery that modified mRNA can direct the body’s cellular machinery to produce nearly any protein desired, from native proteins to antibodies and other entirely novel protein constructs that can have therapeutic activity inside and outside of cells. These proteins have the potential to prevent, treat or cure diseases, including those that are currently not addressable, by going inside cells to direct how they operate. Moderna’s mission is to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.

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