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Sanofi appoints Suresh Kumar as EVP of external affairs

He previously worked for the Clinton Foundation focused on Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanofi has appointed Suresh Kumar as a new member of its executive committee who will also take the position of executive vice president of external affairs.

Kumar joins Sanofi from Oliver Wyman and in this newly created role, he will be responsible for defining Sanofi's vision for meeting global health challenges. 

This will include setting the strategy and priorities for public affairs activities, interactions with governments and international organizations - and aligning internal and external communications around these priorities. 

As part of bringing these activities together in a more integrated way, the Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility teams will report to Kumar.

“Suresh brings a genuinely unique profile to Sanofi that includes a diversified, international career within the healthcare industry, public sector leadership experience and an intimate understanding of NGOs," said Olivier Brandicourt, Sanofi's CEO. 

“Suresh's deep relationships with business and government leaders worldwide and his passion for making an impact on improving lives through healthcare will make Suresh a valuable addition to Sanofi and the Executive Committee.”

In 2006, Kumar joined the Clinton Foundation as a special advisor focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, where he created programmes focused on enhancing lives through improved agricultural performance and food security. 

In 2010, the US Senate confirmed Kumar as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, where he spearheaded global trade for the Obama Administration. 

Since 2013, Kumar has served as a Partner with Oliver Wyman leading the firm's Public Sector Practice and as part of the Health and Life Sciences Team.

Article by
Ben Adams

27th May 2015

From: Sales

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