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Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in June 2015 and now leads the Human Resources and Corporate Communications functions. In this role Kelly provides leadership, strategic vision and functional expertise to her team and the company.

Prior to joining Avanir, Kelly worked at Allergan as Senior Human Resource Manager. In that role Kelly provided support and guidance across several U.S. commercial business units in which she collaborated and partnered on strategic initiatives to drive key business objectives. Kelly championed talent management programs through the introduction of performance assessments and talent acquisition strategies in support of three successful sales force expansions. She fostered a high-performance team environment, enhanced communication throughout the organization, recommended process improvements to overcome challenges and developed approaches to continuously build talent. Prior to Allergan Kelly served as Human Resource Site Lead at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, where she managed the recruitment process, conducted interview training, managed compensation programs, executed performance management programs and coordinated training and development programs.

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University.

Executive Director, Chief People Officer

"One of the most important and powerful things we do is invest in our people. Career development is an ongoing collaborative process, driven by employees with support from managers."