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Executive leadership

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Executive leadership

Laurie McAllister

Laurie McAllister

Managing Director

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 Hood

Karen Hood

Director, Pharmaceuticals

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.

Russell Jacobson

Russell Jacobson

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.

Andre Turenne

Andre Turenne

Managing Director, Genzyme

Andre Turenne is Managing Director of Genzyme Australia and New Zealand.  He has overall leadership and management responsibility for the Genzyme businesses in Australasia.

Prior to this appointment, Andre served as Genzyme’s Global Head of Strategy & Business Development and was a member of Genzyme’s Executive Leadership Team.  He is a frequent speaker at global industry conferences and has served on the Boards of Directors of Bluebird bio and Valerion Therapeutics.

Andre joined Genzyme in 2006 and played a leadership role in the merger integration efforts with Sanofi.  He had previously served as Head of Global Commercial Operations for Renal and Endocrinology.

Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer

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.

Brett Charlton

Brett Charlton

Director Sanofi Consumer Healthcare Australia

Brett Charlton, Director 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, Gastrolyte and more.

Alan Carter

Alan Carter

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.

Jamshed Ahmed

Dr Jamshed Ahmed

Medical Director

Dr. Jamshed 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.

Laurence Vitalis

Laurence Vitalis

Chief Financial Officer

Laurence has been with Sanofi since 1996 and took up the position at Chief Financial Officer for Sanofi ANZ in 2014.

As CFO, Laurence is responsible for a multi-faceted business unit which includes: Finance, Procurement, Supply Chain, Information Systems, Facilities Management, Quality and Travel.

Prior to taking up this role, Laurence was the CFO for Sanofi in the Philippines from 2011 – 2014. She was also the CFO for Sanofi in Slovakia and has held senior finance positions in the Netherlands and France.

Michelle Zimany

Michelle Zimany

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.

Alan Brindell

Alan Brindell

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.

Rebecca Allsopp

Rebecca Allsopp

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.


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