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Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Ms. Dean joined Axcella in June of 2021, bringing more than 25 years of human resources (HR) experience to the company. In this role, she is leading the company’s organizational and cultural development initiatives and is responsible for all HR functions.

For five years leading up to her addition to the Axcella team, Ms. Dean headed up ClearSight Leadership, a consulting firm specializing in HR services, executive coaching and leadership development. In this role, she provided counsel to a number of rapidly growing life sciences organizations, including BeiGene, Epizyme, Obsidian, Resilience and Synlogic. Prior to this, Ms. Dean led the human resources functions for several companies, including TESARO, Inc. and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals. Her work has focused on creating sustainable and scalable cultures within an environment of rapid growth and change.

In addition to earning her MBA from Simmons College’s School of Management and BA from the University of Vermont, Ms. Dean is a Certified Professional Coach with extensive education in leadership training and assessment tools.