OSAKA, Japan and CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, February 3, 2022 – Takeda (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced changes to its leadership team to continue to drive long-term growth in a highly competitive and dynamic global marketplace. The executive changes, unless otherwise noted, will be effective at the start of Takeda’s 2022 fiscal year (April 1, 2022) and these executives will report to President and CEO Christophe Weber:
- Gabriel Ricci, who previously served as Head of IT for the Plasma-Derived Therapies (PDT) business unit has been appointed Chief Data and Technology Officer of Takeda, effective February 1, 2022. In this role, Gabriele will lead the critical transformation of the company’s Data, Digital and Technology division. Elevating and evolving the company’s existing IT function demonstrates the company’s commitment to creating an industry-leading approach to data and technology to ultimately help better deliver treatments that transform the lives of patients and society.
- Ramona Sequeira, who currently serves as president of the US business unit and global portfolio marketing, has been named president of the global portfolio division. This newly created division at Takeda will bring together three global teams and three regional businesses to ensure the company can successfully bring new and existing global products to patients. Specifically, Ramona will oversee Global Medical, Global Product Launch Strategy, Vaccines Business Unit as well as three regional business units including Europe & Canada, Growing & Emerging Markets and China Business Unit.
- Julie Kim, who is currently President of the PDT Business Unit, has been appointed President of the US Business Unit and US Country Manager. In this role, Julie will focus on the continued growth of Takeda’s business in the United States, a key market for the company’s success.
- Gilles Platford, who is currently president of the Europe and Canada business unit, has been named president of the PDT business unit, which will remain one of Takeda’s key revenue growth drivers in the coming years.
“My leadership team has been instrumental in transforming Takeda into a global, values-driven biopharmaceutical company that delivers transformational medicine to patients around the world. Our strategy is working and we continue to grow — with a competitive scale, a global market and a diverse pipeline with approximately 40 new molecular entities in clinical development,” said Christophe Weber, President and CEO of Takeda. “We look to the future, with clear goals in mind, including the opportunity to strengthen our global launch capabilities and harness data and digital to revolutionize the patient experience. This is the team that will help us take it to the next level and ensure we continue to grow and evolve.”
In addition, Takeda will expand the roles of other members of the management team, including Lauren Duprey, Director of Human Resources, focus more on employee well-being; Takako Ohyabu, Global Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, accelerate the achievement of our goal-oriented sustainability agenda; and Mwana Lugogo, Global Ethics and Compliance, to include data privacy. Takeda will also continue to focus and commit to its oncology business unit and Japan business unit, as well as its other critical functional areas such as research and development, finance, business development, human resources. , Quality, Ethics & Compliance, Legal, Global General Affairs, Corporate Strategy and Manufacturing with executive leadership of these areas continue to report to Mr. Weber.
Takeda is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discovering and delivering life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. . Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: oncology, rare genetics and hematology, neurosciences and gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in plasma-derived therapies and vaccines. We are focused on developing highly innovative medicines that help make a difference in people’s lives by pushing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust pipeline and diversified in terms of modalities. Our employees are committed to improving the quality of life for patients and working with our healthcare partners in approximately 80 countries and regions. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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