ZURICH, March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited ("Takeda") announced today that Giles Platford will assume the role of President of the Europe and Canada (EUCAN) Business Unit of Takeda. In this role he will lead business operations in the region effective April 1, 2017.
Giles Platford, who joined Takeda in 2009, is also a Corporate Officer and member of Takeda's Executive Team, reporting to Christophe Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Takeda.
"EUCAN has been a high performing region in the last few years, and I am fully confident that Giles, with his solid business ability and understanding of Takeda values, is the ideal choice to lead this business unit" said Christophe Weber. "His proven track record with the company in senior leadership roles across diverse geographies and cultures will no doubt bring a unique perspective and value to all facets of Takeda business in Europe and Canada."
A seasoned industry leader with more than 15 years of pharmaceutical experience, Giles Platford was formerly President of Emerging Markets for Takeda, which comprises Russia-CIS, Latin America, Middle East-Africa, China and Asia Pacific (excluding Japan). He oversaw the launch of Takeda's innovative pipeline across the region, and led the design and roll-out of Takeda's Global Access to Medicines (AtM) Programme.
Platford's other leadership roles at Takeda included Head of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region where he strengthened controls and re-engineered the business for growth. Prior to that he was General Manager in Brazil, where he led the transformation of Takeda into a top 10 pharmaceutical player, being externally recognised for the first time as one of the country's top employers and best companies to work for.
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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapeutic areas plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel the growth of Takeda. More than 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with our partners in health care in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.
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