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UCB’s new CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier introduces executive team

  • Since 1 January 2015, CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier has succeeded Roch Doliveux who, as announced several months ago, stepped down on 31 December 2014
  • With effect 1 February 2015, UCB’s Executive Committee team welcomes three new members to drive growth and provide more focused value for patients living with severe diseases

Brussels – January 13, 2015 – 7:00 am CET: Jean-Christophe Tellier has taken up the role as CEO of UCB on 1 January 2015, succeeding Roch Doliveux. He is also Chairman of UCB’s Executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors.

Roch Doliveux stepped down on 31 December 2014 after successfully leading UCB for the last 10 years. UCB’s Board of Directors granted him the titles of Honorary Member of the Board and Honorary Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Jean-Christophe Tellier joined the company in 2011 and was instrumental in establishing the company’s current strategy; he has played a key role in driving the growth of UCB’s three core medicines, Cimzia®, Vimpat® and Neupro®.

With a distinguished 25-year career in the biopharmaceutical industry, Jean Christophe Tellier comes with significant expertise and career achievements, a highly developed patient-focused approach, a medical background as a rheumatologist and a passion for developing talent.

To fulfill the company’s mission Jean-Christophe Tellier will enjoy the support of a strong Executive Committee with new members joining the existing team.

Commenting on the composition of UCB’s leadership team, Jean-Christophe Tellier explains: “UCB’s leadership team has done a tremendous job in transforming the company into a global science leader helping patients with severe diseases enjoy more normal lives. It is important for UCB to ensure leadership continuity while adding expertise in our focus areas of neurology and immunology to accelerate momentum as we head into our next period of growth.”

UCB’s leadership team, effective 1 February 2015, will have a clear focus on key disease or domain expertise areas. UCB's Executive Committee will be structured as follows, each unit being led by an Executive Vice President reporting to Jean-Christophe Tellier, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Patient Value Units:

  • New Medicines : Ismail Kola, New Medicines Head and Chief Scientific Officer
  • Neurology : Jeff Wren, Patient Value Unit Head, previously head of UCB’s North American region
  • Immunology : Emmanuel Caeymaex, Patient Value Unit Head, previously head of UCB’s Cimzia® team
  • Bone disorders : this position is still to be filled and will be led ad interim by Iris Loew Friedrich

Patient Value Practices :

  • Strategic Marketing : Bharat Tewarie, Chief Marketing Officer. A physician with strong industry experience, he joins UCB from Merck-Serono where he was Senior Vice President, head of Global Business Franchise Neurology & Immunology and head of Global Business Franchise Medical Devices
  • Development and Medical: Iris Loew Friedrich, Chief Medical Officer

Patient Value Operations:

  • Geographic Operations, Established Brands, Technical Operations and Business Development: Mark McDade, Chief Operating Officer

Patient Value Functions:

Full biographies of UCB’s Executive Committee members are available on http://www.ucb.com/investors/Governance/Corporate-governance

For further information

Corporate Communications

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

Investor Relations

Antje Witte, Investor Relations, UCB
T +32.2.559.94.14,

Laurent Schots, Media Relations, UCB
T+32.2.559.92.64, Laurent.schots@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 of the immune system or of the central nervous system. With more than 8500 people in approximately 40 countries, the company generated revenue of € 3.4 billion in 2013. UCB is listed on Euronext Brussels (symbol: UCB). Follow us on Twitter: @UCB_news.

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