Nadia Gortzounian enjoyed a 28-year career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. in France. As a physician, she joined the Medical Department, serving first as a Product Manager then Project Manager. She then moved into the Marketing Department, first as Marketing Director then Sales Director, then assumed the more global role of New Initiatives Director. Nadia spent her last 15 years with Merck as Business Unit Director for primary care products.
Since 2014, she has been collaborating with her son, Armen Verdian, who created an M&A and startup development boutique firm in Paris.
Nadia was appointed president of AGBU France in October 2015 and president of AGBU Europe in 2016. Since then, she has helped lead the professional staffing of the Paris. She has also spearheaded the development of strategic objectives for France and Europe, and successfully implemented some key initiatives. Among them are developing high quality programs focused on leadership, such as Goriz; further developing AGBU’s chapters across Europe, including Germany, which launched in 2018; and creating a successful Performing Arts Department in Europe in collaboration with AGBU Armenia. In 2016, the AGBU France Foundation was created to raise funds, and several partnerships having been implemented, including ones with the Paris Mayor and Region Ile de France teams.
A native of Marseille, Nadia graduated in Medicine from Paris VII University; she also holds an ExecMBA from HEC Paris. Long involved in the Armenian community in France, Nadia is Treasurer and General Secretary of CCAF (Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France), and a member of the board of the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon. Her children have attended AGBU Saturday school in Paris, AGBU Camps and NYSIP.
Nadia lives in Paris where she enjoys her three grandchildren.
Elected to the AGBU Central Board of Directors in 2019.