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Nominations for new members of UCB's Board of Directors

Brussels (Belgium), 25 March 2016 – 7:00 AM (CET) – Today, UCB SA is publishing it convening notice and agenda for its Annual General Meeting which will take place on April 28, 2016. In the agenda, the Board of Directors of UCB SA is proposing to appoint  MM. Pierre Gurdjian and Ulf Wiinberg as new independent Directors at the company’s next General Assembly.

Pierre Gurdjian is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and he teaches a graduate course in CEO Leadership at the Solvay Business School. He is also very active in  the field of Philanthropy and Education. Previously he worked for nearly three decades at the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company as a Senior Partner and, from 2005 to 2012, as head of the Belgian office.

Ulf Wiinberg is a seasoned healthcare industry professional. At Wyeth, he was President of the global consumer health care business, and later President for the European pharma business. Ulf was also CEO of Lundbeck for several years, a Nordic pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. Ulf has served on the boards of several healthcare industry associations. He is today a non-executive Board member at Alfa Laval, a Swedish industrial company, and Nestle Health and Science; he is also Chairman of Avillion.

Also, at the next General Assembly on April 28, 2016, the mandates of Harriet Edelman and Charles-Antoine Janssen will be proposed for renewal and the  mandate of Tom McKillop will come to an end.  "After two successful terms as Board member, Tom McKillop, will be stepping down. UCB’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee wish to express their sincere thanks to Tom for his guidance during the transformation phase the company went through in the last decade and for helping UCB build a position of strength with solid and sustainable growth prospects” said Gerhard Mayr, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO of UCB.

The two new independent Board member candidates have been selected based on their large management and industry experience with a view to further broadening the Board’s competence portfolio. Pending the approval by the next General Assembly, the new Board will include a majority of Independent Board members namely the following directors: Alice Dautry, Kay Davies, Albrecht De Graeve, Harriet Edelman, Norman J. Ornstein, Pierre Gurdjian and Ulf Wijnberg. Other members of the UCB Board of Directors are: Gerhard Mayr, Chairman, Evelyn du Monceau, Vice Chair, Jean-Christophe Tellier, Executive Director, Charles-Antoine Janssen, Cyril Janssen and Cédric van Rijckevorsel.

Biographies of Pierre Gurdjan and Ulf Wiinberg can be found here.

For further information, UCB:

Corporate Communications
France Nivelle 
Global Communications, UCB
T +32.2.559.9178 france.nivelle@ucb.com

Laurent Schots
Media Relations, UCB 
T+32.2.559.92.64  Laurent.schots@ucb.com

Investor Relations
Antje Witte         
Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14 antje.witte@ucb.com

Isabelle Ghellynck,
 Investor Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.9588, isabelle.ghellynck@ucb.com

About UCB
UCB, Brussels, Belgium (www.ucb.com) is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of innovative medicines and solutions to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases in immunology and neurology. With more than 7500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of €3.9 billion in 2015. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news


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