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Krannert Executive Forum - Jody Russell

Jody Russell

Jody Russell

Human Resources Director
UCB, Inc.

Jody Russell is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University.  While at Purdue she was a pioneer for student leadership on campus and recognized as a distinguished Senator Richard Lugar Scholar. During her undergraduate years at Purdue, she was named the first student member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Following her service on the Commission for Higher Education, Mrs. Russell was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh to be the first African American woman to hold a seat on the Purdue University Board of Trustees. She also served as the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha and various leadership roles in Mortar Board, Iron Key and the Society of Minority Managers while at Purdue. She completed her bachelor’s in accounting in 1993.

Following completion of her Purdue undergraduate degree, Mrs. Russell earned her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory, she continued to hold leadership roles within the law school and greater university community. These experiences included clerkships with the United States Department of Education, with a focus on Title IX issues in college athletics.

Upon graduation in 1996 Mrs. Russell was admitted to the Georgia State Bar and started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. In this role she was responsible for the lead prosecution in felony criminal cases in metropolitan Atlanta. Following a successful career as a felony criminal prosecutor, she returned to her accounting and legal background, to take a position as a senior international tax attorney with Arthur Andersen LLP, Atlanta. In this role she led tax-planning initiatives for major clients, focusing primarily on German tax planning strategies in the transportation and healthcare industries.

In 2001 Mrs. Russell returned to Purdue to pursue an MBA in both human resources and marketing. Upon completion of her MBA program in 2003, she joined Guidant Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota. While at Guidant, now Boston Scientific Corporation, she worked in talent acquisition, employee relations, sales internal talent management, college recruiting, diversity and inclusion.

Mrs. Russell currently works as a human resources director at UCB, a global bio-pharmaceutical company focused on severe diseases in two therapeutic areas: central nervous system and immunology. She is a member of KSAA at Purdue University and an active member of the Employment Law Section of the Georgia State Bar. She resides in Atlanta, with husband Marcus (Purdue, BS Accounting ’93), son, Caleb, and daughters, Chandler and Gabrielle.