People in brief | Urgo, Juliet Seifert, PGEU, LEO

People in brief | Urgo, Juliet Seifert, PGEU, LEO
Briac Le Lous will become chairman of Urgo Group on 1 September 2019

12 June 2019 - Deborah Wilkes

Urgo Group has announced a new senior management team, Juliet Seifert has been honoured, the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) has a new president, and LEO Pharma has a new chief executive officer.

Alternating family chairmanship

France's Urgo Group will be led by an "alternating family chairmanship" from 1 September 2019.

Hervé Le Lous, the company's founder, said the "moment had come to make way for my sons and to announce the change of governance". The three sons will chair the company in turn.

Briac Le Lous will succeed his father as chairman of Urgo. He joined the company as mergers and acquisitions director in 2002 and is currently president of Urgo Consumer Healthcare.

Guirec Le Lous will become president of Urgo Medical, the company's advanced woundcare business. He has been with Urgo since 2012 and heads up UrgoTech, an internal digital startup that he launched in 2015.

The third son, Tristan Le Lous, will be Urgo's executive director legal and investments. He is currently holding chief executive officer of Urgo.

The fourth member of Urgo's board will be Ronan Blanchard, who will be the company's executive director for finance, industry and quality. He is currently chief financial officer and head of industry.

The family-owned company generated sales of EUR636 million (USD719 million) in 2018 from its advanced wound care and consumer healthcare businesses.

Award for Juliet Seifert

Juliet Seifert – former executive director of the Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) – has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to the pharmaceutical and therapeutic goods sector.

Seifert headed up the ASMI – now known as Consumer Healthcare Products Australia (CHP Australia) – for 21 years until her retirement in 2010.

Deon Schoombie, chief executive officer of CHP Australia, said Seifert had been the "best mentor anyone could wish for".

"She left the association well prepared for the future," commented Schoombie, adding that she had "solidified the position of the non-prescription medicines industry as a credible and important partner in the national health policy debate."

PGEU elects new president

The PGEU has elected Duarte Santos from Portugal as its president for 2020. He takes over from Michal Byliniak of Poland who is the PGEU president for 2019.

New chief executive for LEO Pharma

LEO Pharma has announced that Gitte Aabo is stepping down as president and chief executive officer after 11 years in the post and 27 years with the company.

The Danish pharmaceutical company said Catherine Mazzacco would take over as president and chief executive officer on 1 August 2019. Mazzacco is head of global commercial operations for GE Healthcare's BioPharma division, and has also worked for Abbott.

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