Ann Mohamadi Managing Director, Health Advisory, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, PwC
Ann Mohamadi is a Managing Director of PwC’s Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Commercial Management Consulting Practice where she and her team have built a very successful practice helping their clients navigate the complex healthcare marketplace and developing unique strategies for differentiation and success. She brings 30 years of diverse healthcare experience across multiple functional areas including finance, managed markets, marketing, sales, business development, advertising and consulting both in the U.S. and globally.
“What I enjoy most is working with vastly different clients and management styles as well as the exposure to the latest industry trends, technologies and innovative strategies for success,” Mohamadi says. “I also value and appreciate the opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant, ambitious and aspirational people on my team who are shaping the future of the industry.”
Mohamadi has held many leadership roles across multiple healthcare organizations including pharmaceuticals, consumer products, biotech and service providers.
“The achievement I am proudest of is the success I’ve had in helping many others achieve their professional goals and aspirations,” she says. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a career journey which has allowed me the opportunity to transition across functions and industries and ultimately to a role where I have the ability to help many colleagues, clients and peers reinvent and differentiate themselves successfully as well.”
Meanwhile, Mohamadi says the best advice she’s ever received was “Define Yourself.” Be less focused on what others think you should be and be authentic to who you are and what you believe, she says. “At certain times in my career I was advised that instead of following the crowd I should be confident in my ability to choose the right path even if it challenges the status quo,” Mohamadi says. “Today, in the healthcare industry, in the midst of a significant transformation this advice seems more relevant than ever and my ability to confidently make decisions and express my point of view has resulted in continued success, opportunity and credibility.”
And when it comes to winning a Women Leaders in Consulting Award, she says it’s a “humbling and rewarding experience not only because of the recognition but also the gratitude for having been given the opportunity to transition into an exciting and successful career in consulting. I owe my success to leaders in my firm who recruited me, mentors who encouraged my decision, friends and colleagues who supported me, amazing clients who provided opportunities, and most importantly the extraordinary people I work with on all of my teams.”
Consulting: How did you get into the consulting profession? Was it by design or accident?
Mohamadi: “My entry into consulting was a bit by accident. Through relationships with many partners from my earlier career at the firm I was networking with them to assist a long-time industry colleague who happened to be in a job transition. I learned that PwC was interested in building a commercial strategy practice in Pharma/Lifesciences so I introduced her to the key leaders there. She decided to pursue another role but the leaders in advisory were very interested in my career transition from finance into marketing on the client side and we had many discussions about how my commercial leadership experience could help accelerate the growth of the commercial practice at PwC. So, after much consideration I decided to make the move to consulting.”