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Novartis Appoints New Members to its Executive Committee

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Novartis has recently announced changes to its senior leadership team to support the implementation of its strategic priorities.
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Novartis has recently announced changes to its senior leadership team to support the implementation of its strategic priorities. (Source: Deposit Photos)

Bertrand Bodson, Steffen Lang and Shannon Klinger have been appointed to the Executive Committee of Novartis (ECN).

Basel/Switzerland – Novartis has recently announced changes to its senior leadership team to support the implementation of its strategic priorities. Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer; Steffen Lang, Global Head Novartis Technical Operations; and Shannon Klinger, Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, have been appointed to the Executive Committee of Novartis (ECN). All changes are effective as of April 1, 2018. André Wyss, President Novartis Operations, has decided to step down from the ECN on April 1, 2018, to pursue his career outside of Novartis.

After stepping down, Wyss will be available to support a proper handover. As a result, Novartis Operations will be split into Novartis Technical Operations and Novartis Business Services. Steffen Lang, Global Head Novartis Technical Operations, will report directly to the CEO and become a member of the ECN. Lang joined Novartis in 1994 and served as Global Head Biologics Technical Development and Manufacturing, and Global Head Technical R&D prior to his current role.

Philippe Barrois, Head Novartis Corporate Affairs, will lead the Novartis Business Services organization ad interim. An internal and external search for a new Head of Novartis Business Services has started. Matthias Leuenberger, Delegate Novartis Switzerland, will assume the role of Country President for Switzerland.

Bertrand Bodson, Chief Digital Officer, will become a member of the ECN. He joined Novartis on January 1, 2018 and has begun to shape the new Digital organization across Novartis. Bodson brings extensive digital leadership experience, and a proven track record in creating and implementing digital innovation and culture change across global companies.

Shannon Klinger will join the ECN and her role will be expanded to Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer allowing for an integrated approach to risk identification and management that is aligned with the company’s commitment to hold itself to the highest ethical standards in all of its activities. She joined Novartis in 2011, as General Counsel, North America, Sandoz US. She was then appointed Global Head Legal and General Counsel for Sandoz, before assuming her current role of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Head of Litigation.

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