A proven HR executive, Ms. Surdez brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, having led talent acquisition, total rewards, succession and workforce planning, performance coaching, and organizational change management for several successful IPOs and large multinational biotech companies.
She has held a variety of HR roles with increasing responsibility, most recently as the Head of HR for Vaxxinity, a clinical-stage biotech at which she built the HR function from the ground up. Prior thereto, she served as Senior Vice President of HR for Viela Bio, a successful biotech start-up spun out of AstraZeneca that was later acquired by Horizon Therapeutics. Earlier in her career, she provided HR support to multiple functions within the biologics and small molecule teams at MedImmune/AstraZeneca.
Ms. Surdez holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.