People: Novartis AG (NOVN.VX)
Dr. Felix R. Ehrat, Ph.D., has been Group General Counsel and Member of the Executive Committee of Novartis AG since January 1, 2012. He joined the Company in October 2011 as General Counsel and a permanent attendee of the Executive Committee. Dr. Ehrat is a practitioner of corporate, banking, and mergers and acquisitions law, as well a in corporate governance and arbitration. He started his career as an associate with Baer & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich in 1987, became Partner in 1992, and advanced to Senior Partner (2003 to 2011) and Executive Chairman of the Board (2007 to 2011) of the firm. Dr. Ehrat is Chairman of Globalance Bank AG in Switzerland, and Member of the Board of Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG in Liechtenstein. Previously, Dr. Ehrat was Chairman of Banca del Gottardo, and a Board Member of Julius Baer Holding AG, Austriamicrosystems AG, Charles Voegele Holding AG, and Carlo Gavazzi Holding AG. Mr. Ehrat was admitted to the Zurich bar in 1985 and received his doctorate of law from Universitaet Zuerich (the University of Zurich) in 1990. In 1986, he completed an LL.M. at McGeorge School of Law in the United States. His past memberships and positions include: the International Bar Association, where he was co-chair of the Committee on Corporate and M&A Law from 2007 to 2008; Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats, where he was president from 1998 to 1999; and the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Zurich Bar Association, and the Swiss Bar Association.
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