Inge Maes
Inge Maes

Inge Maes

Global Head People & Organization at Sandoz

Inge Maes

Global Head People & Organization at Sandoz

Inge Maes

After almost two decades working in the pharmaceutical industry, Inge Maes joined Sandoz as its Global Head of People & Organization in 2019, leading the people and organization agenda at the business by focusing on organizational design, team effectiveness, talent and capabilities, and culture change. She is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Before joining Sandoz, Inge rose through the ranks at Novartis by serving across a number of research and development roles before transitioning into the field of human resources. During her 17 years at Novartis, she assumed national, regional and global leadership roles, the last of which saw her appointed as the company’s People & Organization Head for Global & Corporate functions.

Throughout her career, Inge has been involved in designing and implementing transition plans for large-scale projects with regard to mergers and acquisitions, divestments and transformations, as well as fostering a culture of integrity, inclusion and collaboration. She has also been involved in strategic planning on broad corporate issues.

Our people are our greatest strength, which is why is I am passionate about investing in a workplace where diverse minds can thrive and help deliver an inspiring work experience across all corners of the organization. Diversity at Sandoz is seen as an enrichment and it makes me proud that this company will always remain committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment where everyone can be their true selves at work.

Inge began her career as a vet, having earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ghent. She is now the proud mother of three kids and enjoys spending her free time among her family which includes a dog and two cats. She also enjoys yoga, mountain biking and reading, as well as preparing and enjoying good food in the company of loved ones.

Nationality: Belgium | Year of birth: 1976 

Professional experience

  • People & Organization Head (Global & Corporate functions), Novartis, Switzerland (2017-2019)
  • HR Head (Germany), Novartis Deutschland GmbH, Germany (2015-2017)
  • HR Head (Central & Eastern Europe), Novartis, Switzerland (2014-2015)
  • HR Head (Technical R&D), Novartis, Switzerland (2012-2014)
  • Global HR Business Partner, Novartis, Switzerland (2010-2012)
  • Head Operations HR Development, Novartis, Switzerland (2008-2010)
  • Project Liaison Manager in Clinical Development, Novartis, Switzerland (2006-2008)
  • Director of Operations in Clinical Development Operations, Novartis, Switzerland (2004-2006)
  • Operations Manager in Clinical Document Operations, Novartis, Switzerland (2002-2004)


  • Board Member, Hexal AG Supervisory Board
  • Board Member, Novartis GmbH Supervisory Board
  • Board Member, Novartis Pension Board


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Executive Master in Change, INSEAD