Chief Human Capital Officer & Executive Partner
Steven Baert joined Flagship Pioneering in 2021 as Executive Partner and Chief Human Capital Officer. He is responsible for leading human resources and talent development, and for pioneering culture across the parent company Flagship Pioneering, Flagship Labs, and its 30 operating companies. He also advises companies across the broader Flagship ecosystem.
Steven has over 20 years of leadership experience in human resources and talent development within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He spent over 15 years at Novartis where he served as Chief People Officer and Member of the Executive Committee since 2014. In this capacity he led a 2500 person HR team, oversaw all people and governance related matters around multiple mergers and acquisitions, developed reskilling programs for thousands of employees, introduced a data driven approach to measure people impact on business performance, and led efforts to increase diversity and build an equitable and inclusive culture. His earlier work at Novartis included serving as Global Head of HR for the oncology division, Vice President of HR for the US and Canada, VP of HR for emerging markets, and Head of HR for global and corporate functions. Prior to joining Novartis, Steven worked as HR Director for the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Belgium for Bristol-Myers Squibb. He began his career at Unilever as a People Development Manager.
Steven is on the Board of WeSeeHope USA, a charity focused on empowering children in Africa, and is a Non-Executive Director of the Pharming Group NV.
He received his Bachelor of Law from Katholieke Universiteit Brussels, his Masters in Law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and his MBA from Vlerick Business School in Belgium.