Ipsen (Euronext: IPN - ADR: IPSEY) (IPN.PA) today announced its project1 of new organization and new composition of the Executive Committee (ExCom) to accelerate strategy implementation. The purpose of the new organization is to continue to develop Specialty care through the setting up of two divisions reporting to the Executive Committee: Specialty Care Franchises and Specialty Care Commercial Operations. It will also help optimize Primary care activities by setting up a new dedicated Business Unit.
Christel Bories, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen, stated: “The purpose of the organizational changes within Ipsen is to make the company more focused and more agile in order to respond to an ever more complex environment and to accelerate the implementation of our strategy. We are convinced that these dedicated Primary care and Specialty care organizations will allow us to leverage their respective potential over time."
Specialty care and Primary care will now be managed separately, because their activities have very different strategic and operational rationales, with specific organizations, resources and profiles adapted to the challenges facing each organization.
Ipsen's strategy is to focus Research and Development efforts and acquisition resources over three targeted therapeutic Specialty care areas (endocrinology, urology-oncology, neurology), drivers of Group growth. A dedicated organization, patient- and product-centric, will allow us to meet the challenges of innovation and market access and adapt to a changing market. The role of Specialty care franchises will be strengthened through the setting up of a Specialty Care Franchises division at Executive Committee level, headed up by Philippe Robert-Gorsse. In parallel, a Specialty Care Commercial Operations division is set up under the responsibility of Pierre Boulud.
Furthermore, the Primary care business also contributes to company results and remains a significant growth driver in emerging countries with potential to increase geographical footprint. Its development model differentiates itself even more from Specialty care, calling on specific skills such as those associated with the OTC2 business. In order to optimize these activities, a dedicated Primary Care Business Unit is set up under the responsibility of Jean Fabre, who is appointed to the Executive Committee. This unit combines all stages of the value chain (medical, industrial, marketing, operations, strategy and business development).
Technical Operations will have operational accountability for Specialty care plants and CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) with a functional link to Primary care plants.
Christophe Jean, a member of the Executive Committee, will be in charge of Group Strategy and Business development, incorporating Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business development, Alliance management, Scientific Information and Competitive Intelligence.
Governance of Ipsen's senior management is now organised as follows:
- For the record, Marc de Garidel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, concentrates on the company's strategic management and future development, including potential acquisitions and future partnerships. The positions reporting to Marc de Garidel remain unchanged and comprise Finance, Legal Affairs, Group Strategy and Business development, Ethics & Compliance, Audit, Public Affairs and Corporate Communication.
Christel Bories, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, heads up the Group's
operational management. This new organisation enables Christel Bories
to accelerate the implementation of Ipsen's transformation. She chairs
the Executive Committee, composed of:
- Claude Bertrand, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Chief Scientific Officer
- Etienne de Blois, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
- Pierre Boulud, Executive Vice President, Speciality Care Commercial Operations
- Jean Fabre, Executive Vice President, Primary Care Business Unit
- Christophe Jean, Executive Vice President, Group Strategy and Business development
- Nathalie Joannes, Executive Vice President, Corporate Counsel
- Philippe Robert-Gorsse, Executive Vice President, Speciality Care Franchises
- Susheel Surpal, Executive Vice President, Finance
- Ipsen is currently recruiting an Executive Vice President, Technical Operations.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion in 2012. Ipsen’s ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by 3 franchises: neurology, endocrinology and uro-oncology. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins. In 2012, R&D expenditure totalled close to €250 million, representing more than 20% of Group sales. The Group has close to 4,900 employees worldwide. Ipsen’s shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the “Service de Règlement Différé” (“SRD”). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
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1The implementation of this project is subject to the
examination by the staff representative bodies competent in each country
concerned, according to the specific processes and methods laid down in
the regulations governing each country
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