Tarja started her career in fast-consumer goods working for PepsiCo in Finland, but very soon moved to the pharmaceutical industry where she has now worked for almost 20 years. She joined Astra Zeneca in 1996 where she held different responsibilities across marketing, sales and R&D with national and global scope. In 2002, she was appointed a Member of the Senior Management Team at Pfizer Finland as Sales and Marketing Director in a broad variety of areas – from CV, Urology, Pain, oncology, HIV and neuroscience. In 2007 she went back to Astra Zeneca as Marketing Excellence Director within their International Sales and Marketing Organization (ISMO) based in Brussels. In this role, she worked closely with senior management across key markets in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2010 she moved on to take a role as a Specialist Care Director and as member of the Senior Management Team in the UK affiliate. In this role, she worked very closely with the customer facing organization as well as health care professionals and payers, gaining a good understanding of the NHS and UK healthcare environment and its challenges.
In July 2012, Tarja was appointed Country President for Astra Zeneca Belgium and Luxembourg, based in Brussels. She was also a board member of local trade association and played active role in the work of creating headroom for innovation in the healthcare budget and promoting Belgium as a biopharma hub.
Tarja joined Sanofi as General Manager, UK & Ireland, in October 2014. In addition to leading Sanofi Pharmaceutical Operations in the UK, she also the chairs the Country Strategic Management Committee which connects all the Sanofi operations in the UK (Pharma, Genzyme, Merial, Sanofi Pasteur and Manufacturing). Tarja is on the board of the ABPI (Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry) and a member of the European Medicines Group (EMG).
Tarja holds a degree in Economics from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki (Finland) and an MBA from the University of South Carolina (USA).
Tarja is married with a boy aged 7. In her free time, Tarja enjoys doing sports; running, tennis, biking, skiing and scuba diving.