Chief Financial Officer, Life Sciences
Being “an active learner” is what Maria Khoury lives by. She uses this motto through her role as Chief Financial Officer of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, which involves assessing capital investment decisions, driving value creation, and developing financial talent for the business.
Maria enjoys the speed at Life Sciences. She believes “emerging leaders must have the willpower, be decisive and be able to prioritize.” This approach not only improved her ability to drive change and engagement, but it also allows her to remain humble and interact with people from diverse backgrounds, bringing more opportunities than challenges.
What brings Maria to work every day? It’s her passion for people and a strong determination to make the business better. The challenging, yet transformative, world of life sciences keeps her learning and motivated.
Maria’s key questions are: “Are we moving fast enough in an industry that is changing at an unprecedented pace with big strikes of innovations and new business players emerging all the time? How do we prioritize our investment into today’s and tomorrow’s product developments? How is this business being affected by digital technologies?”
As a consequence, she is looking in great detail into technologies that can help pharmaceutical/biotech companies to cure diseases, to advance diagnosis, and to prevent diseases to improve a patient’s life. For instance, the realm of precision health is driving a growing interest in cell and gene therapy, which Maria explains will allow completely novel therapeutic concepts to treat disease, such as cancer, cardiovascular & metabolic diseases.
Her advice to emerging leaders in the industry: “Be an active learner, operate with the highest level of integrity, strive for operational excellence and build teams with a winning spirit.”