Laurie joined Sanofi in 2013. As Managing Director, he is responsible for developing and implementing a long-term business plan, which focuses on maximising market share for Sanofi’s strategic products, and continuing to drive the growth of the consumer healthcare division of the business in Australia.
He is a strong believer that collaboration across the healthcare sector holds the key to ensuring the future sustainability of the industry.
With a background in FMCG, Laurie brings extensive insights into consumer behaviour and imbues Sanofi with a fundamental belief that consumers ultimately want quality products and services that fulfil specific needs.
Laurie is a Member of the Board of Medicines Australia, the peak body for the pharmaceutical industry in Australia.
Karen joined Sanofi in 1996 and was appointed Director of our Pharmaceuticals division in 2012. In this position, Karen oversees the management of Sanofi's Pharmaceutical Division, which covers prescription medicines across a range of therapeutic areas including diabetes, oncology, cardiovascular and bone health.
General Manager, Sanofi Pasteur
Russell Jacobson is General Manager of Sanofi Pasteur Australia and New Zealand.
Russell has had 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 14 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 43 staff.
Managing Director, Genzyme
Robert Hendriks is the Managing Director of Genzyme Australia.
He joined Genzyme in Australia in October 2008 as Business Unit Director, Biosurgery. Robert’s role expanded in January 2010 to include the role of Sales Manager for the Renal Business Unit. In August 2010 Robert was appointed as Interim Managing Director for Genzyme and then as Managing Director from November 2010.
Prior to joining Genzyme, Robert’s responsibilities included a 12-year country management, marketing and sales career at Organon. This included eight years in Managing Director roles in Greece, Chile and the Czech Republic.
Country 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.
Andrew has a Business Management Degree from Charles Sturt University and is a board member of Animal Medicines Australia Pty. Limited. He is married to Maria and has two young sons, Conor and Rory.
Country Manager, New Zealand
As Country Manager Alan is responsible for the commercial operations of Pharma, Consumer 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.
Human Resources Director 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.
Director, Public Affairs & Communications, JPAC
Alan leads Sanofi’s Public Affairs & Communications activities in Japan, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand.
His responsibilities include corporate reputation and brand management, market access and government relations, media relations, crisis/issues management, corporate social responsibility and internal/executive communications.
With 20 years experience in communications and public affairs, Alan has had direct, hands on experience with some of the country’s largest pharmaceutical product launches.
Updated: August 07, 2014