Esra Erkal is Executive Vice President, Global Communications. In 2019, Esra joined Elsevier from Coty, the global beauty company, where she was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. Before joining Elsevier, Esra spent over seven years at AstraZeneca as the Global Head of Communications. Prior to that, Esra was an Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority in charge of Policy, Public Affairs and Communications, where she played a critical role in establishing internet regulation for the first time and transformed the way the watchdog works with industry to maintain responsible marketing standards.
Previously, she was Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs for the L’Oréal Group where she led the L’Oréal / UNESCO for Women in Science laureate programme. Esra is passionate about scientific progress and is a long-standing Trustee and Chairman of the British Skin Foundation, a charity dedicated to advancing research into skin cancer and skin health.
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