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Joseph Jimenez has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
Novartis since 2010. Mr. Jimenez is responsible for leading the
company’s diversified healthcare portfolio of leading businesses
in innovative pharmaceuticals, eye care, generics, vaccines and
diagnostics, OTC and animal health.
Previously Mr. Jimenez served as Division Head, Novartis
Pharmaceuticals. He led the transformation of the pharmaceutical
portfolio to balance mass market and specialty products, and
significantly increased the percentage of sales from newly
launched products. Mr. Jimenez also worked to realign the
division’s commercial approach to focus on the individual needs
of customers, and incorporated more technological tools to better
connect with patients and customers.
Mr. Jimenez joined Novartis in April 2007 as Division Head,
Novartis Consumer Health. Previously, he served as president and
CEO of the North America business for the H.J. Heinz Co., and as
president and CEO of Heinz in Europe from 2002 to 2006. Prior
to joining Novartis, he was a nonexecutive director of AstraZeneca PLC, United Kingdom, from 2002 to 2007. He was also an
advisor for the private equity organization Blackstone Group in
the United States. Mr. Jimenez is a member of the board of
directors of Colgate-Palmolive Co.
He graduated in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford
University and in 1984 with a Master of Business Administration
from the University of California, Berkeley