Dr Francesco Granata, joined Circassia as Chairman on 1 September 2013. He is also Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Francesco is senior advisor at Warburg Pincus International LLC. Prior to this he was Executive Vice President at Biogen Idec Inc., and before that he was Group Vice President and President responsible for Canada and major European markets at Schering-Plough Corporation. Previously, he served as Regional President for Northern Europe and also Middle East and Africa at Pfizer Inc., and as Managing Director of Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc. in Italy.
. Prior to his career in industry, Francesco practised as a medical doctor specialising in cardiology. He holds a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia, Italy, and was formerly a member of the Board of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations.