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Lilly appoints new corporate affairs director for ACE region

Richard Ascroft to head Australia, Canada and Europe at Eli Company & Company

Rick Ascroft Eli LillyEli Lilly & Company has appointed Richard Ascroft as senior director, corporate affairs, for the Australia, Canada and Europe (ACE) region.

Formerly head of UK corporate affairs for the pharma company, Ascroft's new role will see him aim to build greater recognition of its Lilly's business strategy amongst stakeholders across the ACE region's 35 countries and 750 million citizens.

Specific tasks include leading regional government affairs, communications, public policy, advocacy and professional relations, and corporate social responsibility.

Ascroft has been at Lilly since 1993, with his roles including five years as director of corporate affairs for Lilly's emerging markets and Japan businesses from 2004 to 2009.

He said of his appointment: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on this new role that will enable me to continue to deliver support for Lilly's business activities.”

Taking over Ascroft's former UK-based role in is Thom Thorp. Previously, Thorp led government and external affairs activity in the UK, and most recently he was regional access manager, diabetes south, in the UK.

30th November 2011

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