We’re big believers that mentoring is a great way to support your career, whether you’re looking to give or receive guidance. We have a variety of mentoring programs that support our culture of collaboration. Mentoring at AbbVie takes many forms, helping employees in all stages of their careers. And it can be in the form of a one-on-one partnership or an informal sounding board.
Ikechi joined AbbVie in 2013 as head of brand management coordination, global marketing rheumatology, and later was named associate director, focusing on strategic challenges across the various rheumatology indications. After being invited to join the Executive Mentoring Program, he was paired with Roopal Thakkar, M.D., based on their respective profiles.
Roopal is an AbbVie veteran who joined the company in 2003. He has held several positions in R&D at AbbVie, including group project director of Immunology. He assumed his current role in 2015.
Both have found the program beneficial. Not only did the mentoring relationship enhance Ikechi’s understanding of AbbVie’s priorities, it helped him navigate his career progression. Meanwhile, Roopal found that he became a better listener as a mentor and gained insights into other aspects of AbbVie’s business.
“The program has enhanced my career by deepening my understanding of AbbVie’s priorities as a company. I am a big supporter of the value of mentoring relationships, both as a protégé and as a mentor, and believe that they are critical to success in almost any career field.” – Ikechi Ogbonna
“A successful mentor/protégé relationship will serve to bring out the best in both participants. It is incumbent upon all of us to share useful learnings across the organization. We all learn as we ‘teach,’ thus all mentoring relationships are mutually beneficial.” – Roopal Thakkar, MD
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