UCB announces appointment of Sandrine Dufour as new Chief Financial Officer
Brussels (Belgium) March 9, 2020 – 5:30 PM (CET) – UCB today announced the appointment of Sandrine Dufour as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Sandrine will be a member of UCB’s Executive Committee reporting to Jean-Christophe Tellier, UCB’s CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Mrs. Dufour will begin her employment on 1 July 2020.
Mrs. Dufour is a senior executive with a proven track record and deep financial expertise that stems from more than 25 years leading with successful national and global organizations. Since 2015 she held the role of CFO at Proximus, Belgium’s largest telecommunication company. Prior to Proximus, Sandrine held several leadership roles at Vivendi, in France and in the US, covering areas including finance and strategy, M&A, innovation and transformation. Before that she held the role of EVP Finance and Strategy at SFR, a leading telecom player in France.
She began her career as a financial analyst. Mrs. Dufour holds several degrees from ESSEC Business School, the Société Française des Analystes Financiers, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. She is a Board member of WPP as non-executive director.
Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO of UCB said, “We are pleased to announce Sandrine Dufour’s appointment to Chief Financial Officer. She is joining us at an exciting time as we are accelerating our growth and looking to launch 6 or 7 potential new products by 2025. With her deep financial expertise, sound strategic capabilities and proven leadership, I’m certain that Sandrine is the right person to continue providing a strong financial backbone and guidance.”
Sandrine Dufour is taking over from Detlef Thielgen, who has been UCB’s CFO since 2007. Mr. Tellier stated: “I’d like to personally thank Detlef for helping UCB navigate through more than a decade of change, helping the company to transform into a biopharma leader, helping to improve the lives of patients across the globe.”
Detlef Thielgen will be leaving UCB during the first semester of 2020. As needed Jean-Christophe Tellier will ensure the interim role of CFO until Mrs. Dufour joins on July 1st.
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 of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 7 500 people in approximately 40 countries, UCB generated revenue of € 4.9 billion in 2019. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news
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