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Smita Pillai

Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer, Regeneron

In her role, Smita is responsible for a comprehensive DEI strategy and implementation at the company. Previously, Smita held Global Head and CDO roles for a variety of multinational Fortune 50 and fast-growing companies. In her career, Smita has led groundbreaking global diversity efforts and established clear metrics for DE&I measurement. She has also been a founding board member for several global employee groups.

Smita’s awards include the Top 100 DEI Leaders of Influence, Leadership Excellence Award Tri-State Diversity and Leadership, NY Moves Mentor, Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50, Economic Times, Leaders executive profile, and COLOR profile. Smita has led global forums including the Women’s Economic Summit, SOCAP, Sundance Film Festival, and WSJ Women In conference. Smita has a Masters in International Business from India, and a Wharton Executive Education on Strategic Management. She is a Certified Diversity Professional. She loves to spend time with her family, travel, practice yoga and explore trails. Smita lives with her husband, their three children and their Rottweiler in Westchester, NY.


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