Communications Committee, PQMD
Global Director Philanthropy & Corporate Giving
Linn Parrish joined Shire in January 2014 in the newly created position of Global Director, Philanthropy & Corporate Giving. She is responsible for developing and leading Shire’s overarching global approach to philanthropy and corporate giving, stakeholder engagement, community relations, and employee volunteering. Her primary focus is spearheading Shire’s charitable access program. Linn is based in Shire’s Lexington, MA, office. Linn joins Shire from Panera Bread, a US/Canadian restaurant company, where as Vice President Public Relations, she played a key role in developing the company’s long-term vision and action plan related to philanthropy.
She developed a first-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity, and worked closely with the company’s Foundation. Prior to Panera, Linn held senior leadership roles at several global public relations agencies including Weber Shandwick, Cone and Feinstein Kean Healthcare, where she worked with companies including Pfizer, Merck, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, and Novartis. She received her B.A. in French from St. Lawrence University and also attended the Universite d’Haute Normandie in France.