Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Personal Data

Nationality: British
Year of Birth: 1962


  • 1983
    First class honours degree, BA Social Sciences, Warwick University
  • 1986
    Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountancy
  • 1987
    Fellow of Institute of Taxation
  • 1997
    INSEAD Advanced Management Programme, Paris

Professional Career

  • 1983-1987
    Audit Senior, KPMG, UK
  • 1987-1989
    R&D Finance Manager, ICI plc, UK
  • 1989-1992
    Licensing and Commercial Finance Manager, ICI plc, UK
  • 1992-1994
    Financial Controller, Pharmaceuticals, Zeneca plc, UK
  • 1994-1997
    Business Development Director, Zeneca plc, UK
  • 1997-1999
    Head of Finance Department, Zeneca plc, UK
  • 1999-2002
    VP Finance, Product Strategy and Licensing, AstraZeneca plc, UK
  • 2002-2005
    VP Finance & Strategy, Operations, AstraZeneca plc, UK
  • 2005-2008
    VP Corporate Strategy & R&D Chief Financial Officer, AstraZeneca plc, London
  • 2008-2010
    Marketing Company President, AstraZeneca plc, Portugal
  • 2010-2012
    Regional Vice President Latin America, AstraZeneca plc, Miami
  • 2012-2013
    Interim Group Chief Financial Officer and VP Group Finance, AstraZeneca plc, London
  • 2013-2017
    Group Chief Financial Officer, London, Smith & Nephew plc, UK
  • 2017-present
    Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Burberry Group plc, UK

Other Activities/ Memberships

  • 2018-present
    Patron of Oxford University Women in Business
  • 2018-present
    Member & Co-Chair (from 2020) of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network and Women Supporting Women Ambassador for the Princes Trust
  • 2019-present
    Board member of the Mayor of London Business Advisory Board
  • 2020-present
    Member of the Main Committee of the 100 Group 

Board Memberships in listed companies

  • Chief Operating and Financial officer, Burberry plc