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Leading U.K. banker rumored for Glaxo chairman post

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Michael Gibney (email | Twitter)...

Weber intends to build Takeda into a global player but stay true to its Japanese heritage

Takeda Pharmaceuticals' new French-born CEO knows he is seen as an outsider by many Japanese, including some of Takeda's alumni. He appreciates their concerns and says Takeda will remain a Japanese-based company, true to its heritage. But he also knows the man who hired him expects him to build the company into a global contender and says that is what he intends to do.

Former top Sanofi exec Whitaker nabbed by Synta to shuttle cancer drug to market

Less than a week after mysteriously leaving a prestigious post as president of Sanofi's North American pharma unit, Anne Whitaker has tackled a rather different challenge, accepting the CEO job at Synta Pharmaceuticals, a company that has struggled to get any drugs out of its pipeline since its founding 13 years ago.

FT sources: RBS' Hampton top contender to succeed Glaxo chair

A bribery scandal in China, with other probes ongoing in the Middle East and Europe. Mounting competition to declining top drug Advair. And so-far-lackluster launches of the products tabbed as future respiratory stars. So, who wants to be GlaxoSmithKline's next chairman?

Ex-Sanofi exec Whitaker takes the reins at Synta

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Michael Gibney (email | Twitter)...

Exosome Diagnostics replaces CEO and relocates as it preps for commercialization

Exosome Diagnostics will advance its prostate cancer urine test to market with a new CEO and a change in locale to one of the biggest biotech clusters in the world.

Dendreon appoints ex-J&J exec as its new CEO

Welcome to this week's Chutes and Ladders, our roundup of hirings and retirings throughout the industry. Please send the good word--or the bad--from your shop to Michael Gibney (email | Twitter)...

Top Sanofi U.S. exec departs amid struggles in diabetes franchise

According to an internal memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal blog Pharmalot, Whitaker is leaving for "another opportunity."

J&J oncology vet takes the helm at foundering Dendreon

Struggling Dendreon has named a new CEO in W. Thomas Amick, a longtime Johnson & Johnson vet.

Ex-Pfizer exec Schulman lands at Polaris after an abrupt departure

Months after a swift exit from Pfizer's highest ranks, Amy Schulman has made her next move, joining high-profile biotech investor Polaris as a venture partner