Novartis adds Chief Digital Officer to its Executive Committee to prepare for tech-based future

- Leadership - Mar 13, 2018

Novartis has added a trio of senior staff to its Executive Committee, including Chief Digital Officer Bertrand Bodson.

The Swiss pharma giant says it is preparing to 'lead in data and digital' with the promotion of Bodson, along with Global Head Novartis Technical Operations Steffen Lang and new Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer Shannon Klinger.

Bodson, a Belgian national who has an MBA from Harvard Business School, started his role as CDO at the beginning of the year having accumulated considerable experience in positions at Sainsbury's Argos and Amazon.

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"We are making these changes to harness the full strength of Novartis as we build the leading medicines company, powered by data and digital," said Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis.

"The appointments of Bertrand Bodson, Steffen Lang and Shannon Klinger to the ECN will help us accelerate our efforts to lead in data and digital, increase our focus on operational execution, and reinforce our commitment to return more to society than we take."

Narasimhan replaced Joe Jimenez at CEO at the beginning of February having previously outlined his vision of driving innovation in the business through a new data and digital-centric model.

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