Brian Armbrust is a Principal Human Resources Business Partner at Genentech in South San Francisco, CA. Genentech, a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Genentech became an affiliate of the Roche Group (Basel, Switzerland) in 2009.
He is a people strategy leader in Global Product Development Biometrics. Biometrics sets the analytic strategy and delivers quantitative evidence for Genentech/Roche’s robust product portfolio (early phase through post-marketing) and is based in six sites in Europe, North America and Asia. The 900-person function is comprised of statisticians, real world data scientists, outcomes research scientists and other data analysis/management professions.
Prior to joining Global Product Development, Brian was an HR business partner in for Genentech/Roche Product Technical Operations, providing strategic HR consultation to leaders of a 1200 employee biologics production facility. From 2003-2011, he held a variety of HR roles (operations, training, change management and business partner) at McKesson in San Francisco. His clients at McKesson included leaders in product management, finance, marketing, and sales support. Brian previously worked in marketing communications and began his career as a high school English and journalism teacher.
Brian’s clients recognize him for having an innovative style and for successfully aligning a wide variety of business goals to talent initiatives and programs. Some of his areas of expertise include: leadership development, organizational effectiveness, talent management, change leadership and employee engagement. He holds a BA (English, communication studies) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an MBA (general management, strategy) from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.