Sanofi-Aventis appoints new HR and CSR directors

Sanofi-Aventis, France’s largest drugmaker, who controls Zentiva (present in the local market after the acquisition of Sicomed Bucharest), appointed new HR and Corporate Social Responsibility directors, effective as of October 1.
Roberto Pucci has been appointed as Senior Vice President Human Resources and Gilles Lhernould as Senior Vice President Human Resources. Both will report directly to the chief executive officer Cristopher A. Viehbacher and will be members of the Management Committee.

“Roberto will be deeply involved in the talent development within Sanofi-Aventis in order to adapt our group to the future challenges we have to face. I am confident that Roberto’s proven leadership skills will play a very important role in transforming Sanofi-Aventis into a global healthcare leader”, said Viehbacher.

As for Gilles Lhernould, he will take up a newly created position in the company. “The creation of this new role enables us to better coordinate and build upon our previous initiatives. Social responsibility is part of the DNA of Sanofi-Aventis and Gilles’ leadership reflects this important value”, said the CEO of the Pharma.

Prior to joining Sanofi-Aventis, Roberto Pucci held similar position in Fiat Group. Roberto Pucci has a Law degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He started his career in 1985 at Coopers & Lybrand in Geneva, Switzerland as an external auditor.

He then joined Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1987, where he held various positions in Human Resources in Switzerland and Italy including HR manager for the European Headquarter and Human Resources director in Italy. In 1999, he became director, compensation & benefits for Agilent Technologies, a spin off from HP, and was appointed vice president Human Resources Europe in 2003. In 2005 he moved to the United States to join Case New Holland, a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, as senior vice president, Human Resources, and was appointed, in 2007, executive vice president, human resources for the Fiat Group in Torino, Italy.

Gilles Lhernould holds a diploma in pharmacy, and a masters degree (DEA) in industrial pharmaceutics. He began his career as manufacturing supervisor at Laboratories Bruneau and joined one Sanofi’s subsidiaries in 1983 where he managed the production and later the factory. He then served in a variety of positions within the Sanofi group, including director of Human Resources. Following the merger with Synthélabo, he served as vice president for Integration, and then vice president of Information Systems before being named senior vice president Industrial Affairs for Sanofi-Synthélabo in 2001. In 2004, he was appointed senior vice president, Industrial Affairs, Sanofi-Aventis and in 2008, senior vice president, Human Resources, Sanofi-Aventis.

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