Melinda Friend

Melinda Friend

Switzerland, Geneva
Chief Regulatory Counsel at Colgate Palmolive
Profession: Lawyer, Attorney / Solicitor, In-House Counsel
Industry: Life Sciences, Consumer Goods, Cosmetics, Chemicals


Chief Regulatory Counsel at Colgate Palmolive. A US qualified lawyer, Melinda holds a joint degree in law, health policy and bioethics (JD –MPH) from Georgetown University Law Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has been practicing as a regulatory lawyer in the life sciences, consumer goods and chemical sectors since the beginning of her career in Washington DC.  Expanding her practice to Europe and global regulatory law after relocation to Switzerland, Melinda has held senior counsel positions in public and private companies, gaining extensive knowledge of the global regulatory framework for cosmetics, consumer goods, therapeutic products and chemicals. She has called the Geneva area home for the past 20 years, and is a dual US –Swiss citizen.  25 years of experience as an attorney in both private practice and industry. 




Colgate Palmolive

Chief Regulatory Counsel at Colgate Palmolive

Present • Geneva, Switzerland

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