Emerson Foster

Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources, U.S. Business Unit & U.S. People Advisory Group, Takeda  

Emerson Foster is the Head of U.S. Human Resources for Takeda, a global values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader, committed to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments. In this capacity, Emerson leads the people strategy across the company’s U.S. Business Unit.   

He is known for his authentic leadership style that is driven by a passion for connecting business leaders to organizational and community projects to deliver mutual sustainable results. Emerson has built a steady career as an HR leader spanning more than 25 years in various industries that include supermarkets, health services, banking and pharmaceuticals.  

Emerson has experience in non-profits as either a founding member, board member or active participant. He is a founding Board member of Bottom Line (www.bottomline.org), as well as Men and Women of Action, the Boston Men’s Dinner Group and the initial Alumni of Color forum at the University of Rhode Island. Emerson currently sits on the boards of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, New England Culinary Arts Training and on the advisory board for BAM – Becoming A Man.