Patrick Coyle 13’ MBA hoped for a career in the healthcare industry that would enable him to support patients and contribute in a meaningful way to society. After graduating from Montclair State with a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA in Business Management, he was able to do just that through various roles of increasing responsibility in the finance departments of prominent pharmaceutical organizations.
A seasoned financial professional with more than two decades of experience, Coyle currently serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Eisai Inc. Before joining Eisai, he held financial leadership positions in Global Commercial Oncology at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and in US Commercial Immunology and Dermatology at Novartis, as well as serving as Vice President of Finance at Insmed.
“My greatest professional accomplishment is working in my current role. Eisai’s commitment to innovative solutions in disease prevention, treatment and care for the health and well-being of people worldwide is embodied in our human health care (hhc) mission,” he says.
In his current role, Coyle is responsible for leading all of the functions within Eisai’s Finance Team. His passion includes developing a diverse team of people to enable strong business partnerships, creating efficiencies in process, and implementing agile technology to develop dynamic modeling capabilities. These attributes enable a talented team to use powerful insights and drive quality decision-making.
Coyle credits his experience with the faculty at Montclair State’s Feliciano School of Business for giving him great perspective on problem solving and critical thinking. “They helped me bridge the learnings from the academic community to real-world challenges that present themselves on a regular basis in this industry,” he says.
Dr. Wencang Zhou was very influential in introducing Coyle to different leadership styles that one day would become beneficial in his career. Coyle says that he now has a dynamic and fluid leadership approach that allows him to “optimize for different business situations, organizational culture and requirements to support continuous people development.”
As a graduate student, Coyle did not have the flexibility in his schedule to take part in many extra-curricular activities on campus. As he puts it, “I was attending classes at night and during weekends, all while managing my career.” However, he was fortunate to explore a number of marketing and entrepreneurial electives to help him broaden his strategic thinking beyond his major.
Reflecting on his experiences as a student and the career opportunities that came his way after graduation, Coyle advises students to “create your own future, always be accountable to deliver excellence in all that you do, and make a difference for humankind that is sustainable.”