Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, appointed by the shareholders, is composed of 16 members, two of whom are employee representatives. 10 directors are independent. Members of our Board of Directors are appointed for a maximum term of four years; reappointment of Directors is done on a rotation basis.

The Board of Directors defines the strategic business guidelines and directions of the Company, and supervises their implementation. Subject to the powers expressly attributed to the Shareholders’ General Meeting, and within the scope of the company’s corporate purpose, the Board of Directors’ powers cover all issues relating to the proper management of the company and through its decisions the Board determines all matters falling within its authority.

Further information in our Board Charter

Board diversity

Each year, the Board of Directors conducts a review to ensure that there is an appropriate balance in its composition. In particular, the Board seeks to ensure gender balance and a broad diversity of backgrounds and countries of origin, international experience, reflecting Sanofi’s status as a diversified global business.

As of May 2022, women represent 43% of members. 7 Directors are non-French.

Above all, the Board seeks directors who show independence of mind and who are competent, dedicated and committed.

Independence of board members

Under the terms of the AFEP-MEDEF corporate governance code of listed corporations, a Director is independent when he or she has no relation of any kind whatsoever with the company, its group or its management that may interfere with his or her freedom of judgement.

As of May 2022, 71% of members are independent.

Composition of the Board of Directors

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As of May 2022, the Board of Directors comprises the following members:

Serge Weinberg

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Director’s term ends: 2023

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

Chief Executive Officer

Director’s term ends: 2026

Christophe Babule

Christophe Babule

Director’s term ends: 2026

Rachel Duan

Rachel Duan*

Director’s term ends: 2024

Lise Kingo

Carole Ferrand*

Director’s term ends: 2025

Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo*

Director’s term ends: 2024

Patrick Kron

Patrick Kron*

Director’s term ends: 2026

Wolfgang Laux

Director’s term ends: 2025

Barbara Lavernos

Barbara Lavernos

Director’s term ends: 2025

Fabienne Lecorvaisier*

Director’s term ends: 2025

Melanie Lee

Gilles Schnepp*

Director’s term ends: 2026

Carole Piwnica

Diane Souza*

Director’s term ends: 2024

Thomas Südhof

Thomas Südhof*

Director’s term ends: 2024

Ceng-Yann Tran

Director’s term ends: 2025

Gilles Schnepp

Emile Voest*

Director’s term ends: 2025

Diane Souza

Antoine Yver*

Director’s term ends: 2025

Summary table

DIRECTOR

AGE

NATIONALITY

FIRST APPOINTED

TERM EXPIRES

SENIORITY

AC

AGC

CC

SC

SCIC

SERGE WEINBERG, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

71

French

December 2009

2023 AGM

12

 

 

C

PAUL HUDSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

54

English

October 2019

2026 AGM

2

 

 

 

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CHRISTOPHE BABULE

56

French

February 2019

2026 AGM

3

 

 

 

 

RACHEL DUAN(A)

51

Chinese

April 2020

2024 AGM

2

 

 

 

 

CAROLE FERRAND(A)

52

French

May 2022

2025 AGM

0

 

 

 

 

LISE KINGO(A)

60

Danish

April 2020

2024 AGM

2

 

 

 

 

PATRICK KRON(A)

68

French

May 2014

2026 AGM

8

 

C

 

 WOLFGANG LAUX(B)

54

German 

 April 2021

2025 AGM 

 1

 

 

 

 

BARBARA LAVERNOS

 54

 French

April 2021

2025 AGM 

 1

 

 

 

 

FABIENNE LECORVAISIER(A)

59

French

May 2013

2025 AGM

9

C

 

 

 

 

GILLES SCHNEPP(A)

63

French

May 2020

2026 AGM

2

 

C

 

 

DIANE SOUZA(A)

69

American

May 2016

2024 AGM

6

 

 

 

THOMAS C. SÜDHOF(A)

66

German/American

May 2016

2024 AGM

6

 

 

 

 

C

YANN TRAN(B)

56

French

May 2021

2025 AGM 

1

 

 

 

 

 

EMILE VOEST(A)

62

Dutch

May 2022

2025 AGM 

0

 

 

 

 

ANTOINE YVER(A)

64

French/ American/Swiss

May 2022

2025 AGM 

0

 

 

 

 

AC: Audit Committee
AGC: Appointments and Governance Committee
CC: Compensation Committee
SC: Strategy Committee
SciC: Scientific Committee
C: Chairman/Chairwoman
(a) Independent director
(b) Director representing employees