Lucia Celona, chief people officer



Lucia Celona comes to Apellis with an extensive background spanning 25 years of human resources expertise from working within the high technology and life sciences industries. She has held positions in most HR disciplines – training & development, compensation & benefits, employee relations, talent acquisition, analytics, and HR generalist. Most recently, Lucia was the chief HR and communications officer at Bioverativ, where she was instrumental in the formation of the company and directed matters relating to talent, organization design, culture, public affairs, and employee communications.

Prior to her Bioverativ role, Lucia worked as the vice president of human resources for Biogen’s pharmaceutical operations and technology organization. Over the course of her 12 years at Biogen, Lucia held a number of HR leadership roles with increasing scope and responsibility. Before working at Biogen, Lucia held various HR leadership positions in companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Philips Medical Systems, and Sentillion. Lucia holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley University and has completed the Advanced HR Executive Program at the University of Michigan.