PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
In order to accelerate the Group's international development, the Board of Directors of Ipsen (Euronext: IPN ; ADR: IPSEY), following its meeting on February 15, 2016, has decided to adapt its corporate governance by separating the functions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), under the conditions laid down in the company's bylaws and after consulting the Nominations & Governance Committee. This evolution in corporate governance is in line with best practices.
Ipsen has initiated the process to recruit its future CEO with the goal of completing that process within the coming months. Marc de Garidel, Chairman and CEO of Ipsen, will become non-executive Chairman upon the arrival of the new CEO and will continue to share with the Board of Directors his deep understanding of the sector.
Ipsen also announces the departure of Christel Bories, Deputy CEO. Since her arrival in February 2013, Christel Bories has made a significant contribution to the operational transformation and improved results of Ipsen. Recently, the Board of Directors and Christel Bories have noted disagreements over the Group's strategy. In accordance with the Afep-Medef corporate governance code, the Board of Directors has decided to grant the contractually agreed severance package to Christel Bories.
Marc de Garidel, Chairman and CEO of Ipsen, stated: "The evolution in the corporate governance of Ipsen marks an important milestone in the Group's transformation. Underpinned by its independence and the support of its majority shareholder, the Group is confident in the outlook for its future. This evolution meets the need for our Group to accelerate its international development in an increasingly complex environment. The separation of functions will enable the CEO to concentrate on the business strategy, the pursuit of our transformation, and operations, while, as non-executive Chairman, I will be able to focus fully on leading and animating the Board of Directors. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Christel Bories for her significant contribution as Deputy CEO to the operational transformation, as well as to the teams who are fully mobilized."
The Group's 2015 financial objectives, as confirmed on October 29, 2015, and the financial outlook for 2020 announced on July 2, 2015, remain unchanged.
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biotechnological group with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion in 2014. Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in more than 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in 30 countries. Ipsen's ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its development strategy is supported by 3 franchises: neurology, endocrinology and urology-oncology. Ipsen's commitment to oncology is exemplified through its growing portfolio of key therapies improving the care of patients suffering from prostate cancer, bladder cancer or neuroendocrine tumors. Ipsen also has a significant presence in primary care. Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is focused on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and toxins, located in the heart of the leading biotechnological and life sciences hubs (Les Ulis, France; Slough/Oxford, UK; Cambridge, US). In 2014, R&D expenditure totaled close to €187 million, representing about 15% of Group sales. The Group has more than 4,500 employees worldwide. Ipsen's shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN, ISIN code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the "Service de Règlement Différé" ("SRD"). The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored Level I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY. For more information on Ipsen, visit www.ipsen.com.
Ipsen Forward Looking Statements
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