Debra Apruzzese

President, Axia11G Consulting Group, LLC

debra-apruzzese Extensive experience in transformational strategy development and implementation, technology deployment, and business optimization. Debra’s global experience transforming, building, and improving business outcomes combines in-house executive experience with customized consulting approaches in Healthcare, Life Sciences, and the Environmental sectors. With expertise in aggressive scale-up, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and adept skill at steering complex projects with huge barriers to success, building organizational capabilities and platforms, and working with teams who have a strong sense of urgency to deliver results, she is currently President of Axia11G Consulting Group, LLC.

As a senior executive with Merck & Co, Inc., Debra’s work involving the company’s most complex mergers and acquisitions included merging disparate manufacturing entities, re-thinking core R&D governance systems, biotech deal acceleration, and the integration of the acquired Medco Health Containment business. She led initiatives in those areas experiencing the highest degree of challenge as a business ‘insider’ taking on leadership roles in Operations Management, Human Resources, Business Development, and Strategic Planning. Her role as Head of Lonza Group AG’s mergers and acquisition team for the microbial control sector led to the largest acquisition in the company’s history, resulting in an enterprise wide business transformation. Additional experience includes work within the Oil & Gas industry, Data & Telecommunications, and Chemtech.

Debra is a trustee of the NJ Great Swamp Watershed, a global Waterkeeper Affiliate, and an operating member of the Paradigm for ParityTM, committed to achieving gender-balanced leadership across all business sectors. She has served on the board of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University, supporting the success of STEM students. On-going she mentors college students and young professionals to prepare and advance them in a purpose linked professional life.

Debra is an Engineering graduate of Bucknell University. She has completed business executive education programs at the Harvard Business School and the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and was awarded the TWIN award for accomplished women in business while at Merck.