An eagerness to learn has driven Philippe's global career.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your background, and what you do now at Baxter?
Philippe: I am originally from France, and have worked for 25 years in all aspects of supply chain for companies in household, food and beauty industries, and now medical products. I’ve also worked in a number of different countries and continents, including the UK, Brazil, China and Mexico. I joined Baxter in October 2018 to oversee our global supply chain operations. I’m excited to be here for many reasons – but first and foremost is helping to carry out our mission to save and sustain lives.
Q: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve encountered so far?
Philippe: The passion and commitment of our people. It’s quite amazing. I’ve visited our sites in Canada, China, Columbia, Germany, the UK, USA and Singapore – just to name a few. In every country, I’ve met people who are passionate and committed to what they are doing. They are proud to work for Baxter and are truly living out our mission to save and sustain lives.
Q: What are you most looking forward to accomplishing in your current role?
Philippe: I’m really excited to help my team with their professional development. I’d like to one day be remembered as a leader who put people first. My mission is to make sure people have a clear career path, can grow within the company and can deliver high-performing results.
Q: You are a co-leader of our Baxter Equality Network business resource group. Why is this group important to you?
Philippe: Companies grow when they value the richness of every employee. Each one of us has our own uniqueness. Business resource groups are proof that celebrating diversities helps people as individuals, and the business, thrive. As a member of the LGBTQ community—I have been with my partner for 27 years—and a French man who has lived and worked in countries around the world, I value the power of different perspectives.
Q: What advice would you give to young professionals?
Philippe: You must be eager to learn. My life is a perpetual learning process. I’m curious, adaptable and open to new opportunities. Looking back at my career, there’s been a lot of change. I’ve worked across continents, in different roles, for different companies. Learning shouldn’t happen only when you’re young – you should be learning your whole life.