Country Chair ANZ
General Manager, General Medicines, Diabetes and Cardiovascular
Karen joined Sanofi in 1996 and has developed her career through sales, marketing and management roles. With 20 years of experience at Sanofi, she brings deep insights and an astute knowledge of the healthcare system and customer needs to the role of Country Chair.
Under her leadership as Pharmaceutical Director, Karen transformed Sanofi’s key account management approach to build a model and team focused on value. This philosophy, celebrated beyond medicines, received industry recognition as the best sales team of the year in 2014.
As General Manager, Karen leads two newly established business units; General Medicines, and Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care. She will have responsibility for driving growth of Sanofi’s broad established products portfolio, and building on its 90 years of diabetes leadership. Karen’s experience and business acumen will be instrumental in leading the ANZ business for an exciting journey to innovative product launches and better health outcomes for Australians.
Dr Jamshed Ahmed
ANZ Medical Chair
Dr. Amshed Ahmed is the Medical Chair for Australia and New Zealand
Dr. Ahmed was appointed as Sanofi’s Medical Affairs Director in 2014, having joined the Group in 2012 as the Medical Director for Genzyme. He has 30 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, rare diseases, vaccines and consumer fields of healthcare.
Prior to working at Sanofi, Jamshed was the Medical Director for iNova Pharmaceuticals Asia Pacific, having originally worked in the UK for healthcare companies including Zeneca and Wyeth, along with being a Medical Registrar for the National Health Service.
Born in Bangladesh, Jamshed has developed an entrepreneurial spirit and brings with him a passion for patient insights to every role. He studied Medicine at Manchester University, which lead to a “hands-on” approach in the surgical field; developing an interest in Accident and Emergency medicine, and then as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, specialising in IVF.
Sanofi ANZ Legal Counsel and Compliance Director
In her role as Sanofi ANZ Legal Counsel and Compliance Director, Rebecca ensures the Leadership Team and management across the affiliate receives sound legal, compliance and commercial advice that enables us to conduct and maintain effective business partnerships.
Rebecca has been with Sanofi since April 2002 initially heading up the legal team for Aventis and continuing with Sanofi to oversee the legal activities of our diverse portfolio and businesses that we have today.
Rebecca graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Law.
General Manager, External and Corporate Affairs, ANZ Market Access Lead, ANZ & South Korea
Alan is an experienced public affairs professional who specialises in all aspects of corporate and public affairs including internal and external communications; government relations; policy advocacy; pricing and reimbursement strategy; media relations; crisis and issues management.
Alan has over twenty years’ experience in communications and public affairs roles for leading multinational health care companies following a decade of working in the government sector.
Alan joined Sanofi in 2003 where he currently has responsibility for all aspects of public affairs and communications in Australia and New Zealand as well as overseeing the complex process of ensuring access to new medicines for the Australian and South Korean markets.
Country Manager, New Zealand
As Country Manager, Alan is responsible for the commercial operations of pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare and vaccines in New Zealand.
Alan has 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in New Zealand and internationally in a wide range of commercial roles, the last 17 years with Sanofi and its predecessor companies. Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2006 Alan was Marketing Director for Sanofi in China.
Alan also plays an active role in the New Zealand Industry as Vice Chair of Medicines New Zealand the New Zealand Industry Association
Alan has bachelor’s degrees in both Science (Microbiology) and Business (Marketing), both from Massey University.
General Manager, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare ANZ
Brett Charlton, General Manager, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare Australia, has more than 25 years FMCG experience.
Over the course of his career he has worked across North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia for some of the world’s leading FMCG companies. He has a bias for growth and customer lead initiatives with a commercial focus on marketing and sales.
In his current role, Brett oversees the development and distribution of some of Australia’s best known vitamin, mineral and supplement brands including Nature’s Own, Cenovis and Ostelin. He is also responsible for a large and trusted over the counter portfolio including Telfast, Betadine, Mersyndol, Phenergan and more.
General Manager, Sanofi Genzyme
Fiona Clark is General Manager of Sanofi Genzyme Australia and New Zealand. She has overall leadership and management responsibility for the new Speciality Care business consisting of Rare Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Oncology and Immunology.
With over 20 years’ of experience in pharmaceuticals, Fiona has held key positions at Amgen and Roche beginning as representative and moving into marketing, sales management and business development in oncology, diabetes, infectious diseases, anaesthetics and vaccines.
Since joining Sanofi in 2009, Fiona has built a successful career, working in the area of business development. Following this role, Fiona headed up the Oncology Business Unit. In 2013 Fiona moved to lead the Diabetes Business Unit, where the team in 2015 succeeded in achieving their long-held goal of becoming the number one diabetes company locally.
General Manager, Sanofi Pasteur
Russell Jacobson is General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur Australia and New Zealand.
Russell has had more than 25 years’ experience in the pharma / vaccines industry, firstly starting as a sales representative on the Gold Coast before moving into sales management then marketing. He has worked in many diverse therapy areas, such as diabetes, HRT, oncology, anaesthetics, infectious diseases and vaccines.
Russel joined Pasteur 15 years ago when the vaccines business was still in start-up phase and was responsible for setting up the marketing department. The business has continually grown starting from around a $2 million sales business with five people to be now pushing $77 million and more than 40 staff.
Director, Clinical Study Unit
Linda Nielsen is an incredibly well-respected clinical research professional, with more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She started her career with Sanofi in 2008, bringing her broad experience in quality assurance and senior management to the role of Director of the Clinical Study Unit for Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to this, Linda worked in multinational pharmaceutical companies and contract research organisations. She has a long-standing involvement in key industry committees and forums.
General Manager, Merial Australia
Andrew Palmer is the Australia Country Manager for Merial based in Sydney, and joined Merial in June 2013. Andrew started his working career in agribusiness before joining Bayer Animal Health in 1992, working in local and international commercial roles of increased responsibility until 2007.
Whilst based in Japan, he joined Novartis Animal Health as Region Head for Japan & Greater China and was a member of their Global Executive Committee. With over 25 years’ experience in animal health and veterinary pharmaceuticals, Andrew brings to Merial leadership experience across diverse cultures and international markets.
Director, Human Resources ANZ
As the Human Resources Director for the ANZ group, Michelle is responsible for championing the affiliates culture and leadership strategy.
Michelle works across and with the business to build accountability and collaboration by investing in the development of our employees and building capabilities that support our vision.
With over 20 years of Human Resource experience across Pharmaceutical, FMCG and resources industries and a Bachelor of Psychology from Macquarie University, Michelle’s key areas of expertise include strategic planning, business and people and culture strategies, alignment and engagement strategies, leadership and management development.