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Richard Francis

Division Head, Sandoz
Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis

Richard Francis was named Division Head, Sandoz, in 2014. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.

Mr. Francis joined Sandoz from Biogen Idec, where he held global and country leadership positions over his 13-year career with the company. Most recently, Mr. Francis was the Senior Vice President of the company’s US Commercial organization. In that role, Mr. Francis led several successful launches, including that of Tecfidera, Tysabri and the Avonex pen and titration devices, all important advances in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Francis was at Sanofi in the UK, where he held various marketing roles across the company’s urology, analgesics and cardiovascular products. He has also held sales and marketing positions at Lorex Synthelabo and Wyeth.

Mr. Francis holds a BA in Economics from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England.


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