40 Under 40 2020 | Emily Browder, Merz Aesthetics, 32

40 Under 40 2020 | Emily Browder, Merz Aesthetics, 32

Emily Browder’s PR journey kicked into gear eight years ago when she arrived in New York City and began amassing a solid collection of positions and achievements within the pharma communications field.

Prior to becoming head of global communications at medical aesthetics specialist Merz, she had stints at Ogilvy, MSL, RLF Communications and, most recently, a senior position at Pfizer. At the latter her work caught the eye of superiors, especially the successful effort to remove the U.S. FDA-instituted boxed warning from one of the company’s top brands, a first for the company.

In 2017, she returned to her home state of North Carolina and joined Merz, where she began to demonstrate, both professionally and personally, her natural affinity for community building. 

The community Browder nurtured was the comms department she helped build; first by recognizing the need to combine brand and corporate communications into one department and then by creating a team able to balance internal and external stakeholder needs. She led U.S. comms efforts around the Merz reorganization last November.

Browder was also instrumental in building up the community of women who work at Merz. Two years ago, she helped start the Merz Women’s Leadership Network, an employee group that empowers female Merz employees via networking and mentoring.

By furthering Merz’s charitable efforts, specifically the nonprofit Dress for Success, Browder helped the company strengthen communities around the country. She advocated for Merz to take the lead sponsorship position for Dress for Success’ annual events this and last year. Browder’s support for community extends into where she lives. She’s on the board of directors for Midtown Raleigh Alliance and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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