Teva Announces Departure Of North American Ceo , William S. Marth To Become Ceo Of Teva North America
Jerusalem, Israel, January 10, 2008 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that George S. Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, Teva North America, Corporate Executive VP, Global Pharmaceutical Markets has resigned from the Company and that William S. Marth, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Teva USA, will replace Mr. Barrett and assume the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Teva North America effective immediately. Mr. Barrett, who is leaving to become Vice Chairman of Cardinal Health and CEO of its Healthcare Supply Chain Services Sector, will remain with Teva through the end of January 2008 to assist in the transition.
Mr. Marth, age 53, who has 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and close to a decade with Teva, will be responsible for North America, including the U.S. Mr. Marth has run the U.S. generics business where he has handled much of the day-to-day commercial activities since his appointment as EVP in 2002 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Teva USA since 2005. He has overseen a number of significant product launches, most notably the December launch of generic Protonix, and two of the largest launches in the history of U.S. generics, Simvastatin and Pravastatin in 2006. Mr. Marth, will continue to be based in Teva's North American headquarters in North Wales, PA and will report directly to Teva President and CEO, Shlomo Yanai.
"We greatly appreciate George's leadership and the significant contributions he has made to Teva over the years and wish him continued success in the future," said Teva's President and CEO Shlomo Yanai. "Teva has never been more solidly positioned in the North American market than it is today and given Bill's enormous success in leading our U.S. generics business, he is the obvious choice to assume this role. With Bill's deep industry experience, training and institutional knowledge of Teva, I am confident that he will continue to lead us to growth in this critical region."
Mr. Barrett added, "Leaving Teva was a very difficult decision for me, as I have enjoyed working with so many colleagues, both here and around the world, building this unique global pharmaceutical company. I will leave knowing that Teva's global leadership team is strong and that Bill, with whom I have worked so closely over the years and his entire team in North America, will continue their enormous contributions to Teva's growth."
"This is a particularly exciting time for Teva and I look forward to building on our success in North America and having an even greater role with the investment community. George has been not only a colleague but also a friend and someone whom I have learned a great deal from over the many years that we've worked side-by-side and I wish him all the best," said Mr. Marth.
Mr. Marth assumed the position of president and CEO of Teva USA in 2005. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Teva USA. Before joining the Company, Mr. Marth served in various leadership positions with the Apothecon Division of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Marth serves on various boards and committees, including the Teva Executive Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). Mr. Marth has a B.Sc. in pharmacy from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, Illinois.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the leading generic pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.
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