Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Northwestern University



  • Head of Takeda Digital Accelerator – USA (April 2015 – Present)
  • Associate Director, Cross-Brand Relationship Marketing (January 2013 – Present)
  • Senior Manager, CRM Strategy and Operations (August 2011 – January 2013)
  • Sales/Payer Strategies Product Manager (November 2010 – August 2011)
  • B.A., Environmental Science & Biology
  • M.B.A., Marketing, Biotechnology, Technology Management (Kellogg School of Management)
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • General Aviation (Licensed Private Pilot)
  • Web Design and Development

About Daniel J. Gandor

Dan Gandor is an accomplished “intrapreneur” and pharmaceutical marketer with expertise in both small molecules and biopharmaceuticals, along with deep brand launch experience. He possesses significant leadership experience and is an effective manager with an established, results-driven reputation. Presently serving as the Head of Takeda’s Digital Accelerator in the U.S., Dan is based in the greater Chicago area.

In his current role with Takeda, Dan spearheads the company’s efforts to identify opportunities for game-changing digital disruption within healthcare in order to better support and activate patients in managing their diseases and treatments. Takeda’s Digital Accelerator not only explores digital futures, but supports scalable experiments to pinpoint and accelerate best practices, thereby catalyzing innovation.

Dan Gandor’s professional track record reveals digital in his DNA, and he consistently displays a natural aptitude to strategize and facilitate positive change. Prior to his current position, Dan successfully built a team from the ground up around new core competencies in Relationship Marketing, Multi-Channel Marketing, and customer-centric marketing. He has led a variety of large-scale pharmaceutical marketing initiatives and teams, including commercial merger/acquisition integrations. He has also provided critical program leadership to rollouts of major technological platforms like the iPad and Veeva.

Dan has devoted his career to pharmaceuticals and medical devices in large part because of the incredible potential for positive change the life science space provides. He has always loved creating transformative change, and to know that his work has the potential to touch millions of patients down the line is an incredible privilege.

Dan Gandor holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the institution from which he also earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Biology. His graduate education spanned three separate majors: Marketing, Biotechnology, and Technology Marketing.

Dan was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago – the Jefferson Park neighborhood, to be exact. He attended St. Robert Bellarmine for grade school and then Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois for high school. Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, web design, baseball, and general aviation. He earned his private pilot’s license in 2008 and maintains an aviation blog that documents his flying experiences.

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The Intersection of Digital Health and Digital Marketing

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The Importance of Digital Health Literacy

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