Dan Gandor’s Career


Northwestern University

  • B.A., Environmental Science & Biology
  • M.B.A., Marketing, Biotechnology, Technology Management (Kellogg School of Management)

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

  • 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)

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.

Dan Gandor’s Blog

Thankful Memories

By | December 22nd, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

While the holidays are a time of heightened joy, they can also be a time of deepened grief. Memories of loved ones who have passed from our life can be devastating at this time of year. But the very fact that we grieve shows that, while they've been removed from our sight and senses, they are still visible in our minds and hearts.

12 New Year Tips for Websites – Happy New Year 2012

By | December 24th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

In honor of the new year, we offer 12 business tips for 2012! Here are some ideas/tips to keep in mind if you have a small business or a website: Keep your passwords secure! Okay this one isn’t really a business tip, but I’ve seen too many people get their websites and/or email accounts hacked.

Hosted Shopping Carts Comparison

By | October 8th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As I work with clients who want an online store, one of the first things I try to determine is whether they would best be served by a hosted solution or a self-hosted shopping cart. There are a TON of options for both those categories, and a ton of websites comparing one option to another, particularly in the hosted realm. However, I never saw a comparison looking at a bunch of hosted shopping cart options at one time

Phone Pranks

By | August 13th, 2011|Categories: Blog|

I was cleaning out my hard drive today and found two phone pranks I recorded back in like High School.  Still funny... Phone Prank - Dumpster Food Phone Prank - Chicken Wings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR92nKZR9PY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VRkIS5izq0