Ellen Park has extensive experience in general legal and Intellectual Property practice. She has worked effectively and collaboratively at 4 major global companies in the highly competitive and complex industries of pharma and consumer products. Ellen has advised all levels of management as a strategic, creative business partner and legal counsel.
Most recently, Ellen served as a Vice President at Colgate-Palmolive Company. She was appointed to the newly created role of General Counsel Technology. In this role, she was a member of the CTO’s management team, led due diligence and negotiations on transactional matters and developed systems and internal training programs in areas such as agreements management, compliance and best practices for working with external parties. As a registered Patent Attorney, Ellen also served as Colgate’s Chief Patent Counsel and has considerable expertise in all aspects of building and managing an extensive global patent portfolio and patent department. Her strong leadership and management skills have transformed Colgate’s patent portfolio to be award winning and Colgate’s patent department to be a model of operations efficiency. Ellen is innovative in her approaches to her roles and has a strong commitment to continuous improvement, intellectual curiosity, fostering a learning environment and building seamless internal and external collaborations.
Ellen also has extensive experience at major pharma companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis and Pharmacia/Pfizer. She has had responsibility for developing meaningful patent portfolios, life cycle management and licensing in a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas including cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
Ellen holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from SUNY Buffalo and received her J.D. from Boston College Law School. Ellen is active in mentoring early-in-career professionals in transitioning from academic environments to large global corporations. She has a particular interest in the evolution of legal services and legal/patent forensics, operational excellence and organizational design. Ellen is a firm believer that good food brings happiness and knows her geography by food.