ZURICH, April 9 Swiss drugmaker Novartis
has appointed new heads of its eyecare business Alcon
and generics division Sandoz, the group's second and third
largest businesses after pharmaceuticals.
Jeff George, who previously led Sandoz, will replace
retiring Kevin Buehler as head of Alcon, effective May 1,
Novartis said on Wednesday.
Richard Francis will become head of Sandoz, the drugmaker
added. Francis previously held leadership roles in sales and
commercial divisions at Sanofi and Wyeth.
Alcon and Sandoz generated net sales of $10.5 billion and
$9.2 billion in 2013, respectively.
(Reporting by Alice Baghdjian; Editing by Mark Potter)