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
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