Sanofi to refocus two global business units

September 13, 2018
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Sanofi to refocus two global business units

  • Appoints Dieter Weinand to lead new Primary Care business unit
  • New China & Emerging Markets business to be led by Olivier Charmeil
  • Stefan Oelrich will leave Sanofi to pursue an external opportunity

Paris - September 13, 2018 - Sanofi will change the organizational structure of two of its Global Business Units (GBU) to provide greater focus on its operations in mature markets and across emerging markets.[1]

The company will create a new Primary Care GBU that combines the product portfolios of Sanofi's existing Diabetes and Cardiovascular (DCV) GBU with Established Products, which are currently part of the General Medicines & Emerging Markets (GEM) GBU.  The new Primary Care unit will focus exclusively on mature markets.

To help build and lead the new Primary Care business, Sanofi is appointing Dieter Weinand as Executive Vice President. Effective November 1st, Mr. Weinand will report directly to Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt and become a member of the Executive Committee. He will be based in the Bridgewater, New Jersey, United States. Stefan Oelrich, currently head of the DCV GBU, has decided to leave Sanofi and will join Bayer AG as a member of the Board of Management and head of the Pharmaceuticals division, replacing Mr. Weinand effective November 1st.

"Dieter is a seasoned professional with significant experience in the pharmaceutical sector, having successfully launched and marketed some of the most innovative medicines in the last few years. He has a proven track record in change management and helping challenged businesses reach their full potential," said Dr. Brandicourt. "As we welcome Dieter into the organization, I would like to thank Stefan for his excellent contributions to Sanofi over the years and wish him all the best in his next endeavor."

Sanofi is creating a second new global business unit called China & Emerging Markets to be led by Olivier Charmeil, currently head of the GEM GBU. This newly-formed business will focus on the unique characteristics and tremendous growth opportunities in emerging markets, particularly in China which is Sanofi's second largest market after the United States. Mr. Charmeil will continue to be a member of the Executive Committee reporting directly to Dr. Brandicourt.

Sanofi expects to launch the new Primary Care and China & Emerging Markets global business units by the beginning of 2019. Sanofi's other GBUs-Sanofi Genzyme, Sanofi Pasteur and Consumer Healthcare-remain unchanged.

About Dieter Weinand

A U.S. citizen, Mr. Weinand has 30 years' experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He held various responsibilities in commercial, operational and strategic roles at a number of pharmaceutical companies including Warner Lambert, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Before moving to Bayer, he was President, Global Commercialization & Portfolio Management at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.

Mr. Weinand joined Bayer in 2014 as head of the Pharmaceuticals Division and was a member of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee. In 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Management of Bayer AG.

Mr. Weinand holds a M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Long Island University, New York and a B.A. in Biology from Concordia College in Valhalla, New York.

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[1] Mature Markets include the U.S., Canada, Western & Eastern Europe (except Eurasia), Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. Emerging Markets include Africa, Middle East, Asia (includes China and Southeast Asia), Eurasia (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia and Turkey) and Latin America.