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Erin Cowhig
Vice President, Human Resources at Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Erin Cowhig is Vice President, Human Resources at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotechnology company based in Boston, MA. She is responsible for HR Governance, Portfolio Management and Organizational Effectiveness and plays a key role on Vertex’s HR Leadership team. Erin is also responsible for leading Vertex’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy and oversees several D&I programs, specifically those related to Talent, Employee Engagement and Retention. She chairs two internal Vertex D&I committees, including the D&I Executive Steering Committee and is also a leader on Vertex’s External Diversity Advisory Council.

Prior to her current role, Erin led the Global Organization and Leadership Development function for Vertex. This included responsibility for Learning and Development, Leadership Development and Talent Management programs. Erin also spent several years as a senior Human Resources Business Partner and led a team that provided strategic HR support to Vertex’s Finance, Corporate Communications, and Commercial functions. Other relevant experience includes building and leading the Talent Acquisition and Talent Management function at Agios Pharmaceuticals and corporate HR business partner roles at Covidien, now known as Medtronic. Throughout her career, Erin has worked in various HR functions across several different industries including manufacturing, entertainment, retail and medical devices.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Industrial Labor Relations degree from Cornell University.

Erin is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum and plays an active role on HRLF’s Diversity and Inclusion board sub-committee. She also sits on the advisory committee for Talenya, an HR and recruiting-focused technology company.

In Spring 2019, Erin joined the Board of Visitors for Bottom Line’s Boston office, which is a local non-profit dedicated to helping low-income and first-generation-to-college students get to and through college.

In 2015, she was awarded the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s (HBA) Rising Star Award on behalf of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

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