The New CEO took over in October 2012. As for UK stopping the merger, I do not know how they plan to do that. AZ has been scaling back for awhile. I was effected in 2013. They once had 70,000 employees, that is know is the 40,000 range. The US HQ is a ghost of its former self and most of what is left is moving to MD or elsewhere. The days of big pharma are over.