Sanofi appoints Japan exec to lead U.S. pharma ops

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Sanofi appoints Japan exec to lead U.S. pharma ops

Sanofi ($SNY) has a new North American chief. The French drugmaker has appointed Jez Moulding to the post Anne Whitaker suddenly vacated a few weeks ago. He'll head up the North American pharma business after serving as SVP of the company's Japan and Pacific operations. Moulding has been hopping around Sanofi's global operations, with stints in the U.K., Europe, South Africa, Korea, Australia and, most recently, Japan. In his new role, he'll be supervising Sanofi's commercial pharma operations, covering everything from diabetes and cardiovascular drugs to specialty care and consumer health. Story

Jez Moulding joined as North American pharma chief.


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