People: Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX)
21 Nov 2014
Mr. William M. Burns has been Non-Executive Director at Roche Holding AG since March 2, 2010. He is Member of the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee at the Company. Prior to assuming this role, he was CEO Division Roche Pharmaceuticals and Member of the Corporate Executive from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2009 and before that - Member of the Corporate Executive Committee, Head of Pharmaceuticals Division between 2001 and 2005. He joined the Company’s executive team in 2000 as Member of the Corporate Executive Committee. Mr. Burns started his career in 1969 with Beecham Pharmaceuticals. In 1986, he became Director of Sales and Marketing for Roche UK. In 1988, he became Head of Pharmaceuticals Division at Roche UK, and in 1991 Global Head of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel. In 1998, Mr. Burns became Head of Europe/International. In 2002, Mr. Burns became Board Member of Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Japan, a Subsidiary of the Roche Group. In 2004, he became Board Member of Genentech, United States of America, another Roche Subsidiary. Mr. Burns is Member of the Board of Directors at Shire PLC. He studied at the University of Strathclyde, where he gained a Bachelor of Art (Honors Degree).
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