2021 marks Jeff Hamilton’s 10th anniversary as an IT advisory board member. Now Senior Vice-President for Pfizer Digital, Hamilton leverages his digital expertise to help the firm achieve its strategic goals. He leads Pfizer’s Center for Digital Innovation as well as the digital activity involved with the company’s acquisitions, collaborations, and divestitures. His work helps Pfizer Digital deliver patient-centric digital solutions, customer engagement, and better patient health outcomes.
As a board member, Hamilton helps students make the connection between the academic concepts they study in the classroom and the real-world work of applying that knowledge.
For example, as more businesses are moving to Agile ways of working, AI-driven algorithms, a customer-experience culture, and product-focused offerings, it’s important that these concepts are not only built into the curriculum but that we also provide actual examples of how these concepts are being used to make a material impact in companies, he says. This helps students see the art of the possible and make a real-life connection to what they’re learning.
His years of experience enrich the perspective he’s able to share with the community. Before coming to Pfizer in 2009, Hamilton held leadership roles at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he spearheaded large digital-enabled transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies.
Looking ahead, he’s enthusiastic to return to gathering through career events, classroom discussions, mentoring, and student presentations to the board.
I’m always impressed with the caliber of the students’ thinking and ideas, the breadth and depth of their questions, and their willingness to challenge concepts with a thoughtful point of view. I find it thought-provoking and inspiring to engage with our next generation of leaders.
He’s equally looking forward to engaging with other members of the advisory board.
The board is comprised of accomplished leaders from various industries with a rich diversity of experience and I always learn something new from each of our meetings,” says Hamilton. I’m proud and honored to serve on the board with such a dedicated and talented group of leaders who are committed to a common purpose—the success of Temple students.