Erwin Vanhaecke, Ph.D., is Head of Novartis Group Quality. He assumed this position in 2013. Mr. Vanhaecke previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Quality Operations at Alcon. He joined Alcon in 1990 as Quality Assurance Manager of the manufacturing facility in Belgium. Since then, his other roles have included Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs Manager, Northern Europe; Group Director, Quality Assurance; Vice President, Corporate Quality Assurance – Pharmaceutical; Vice President, Corporate Quality Assurance – Surgical Products; and Vice President, Global Quality Assurance and Compliance. Prior to joining Alcon, Mr. Vanhaecke served as a researcher and lecturer on pharmaceutical microbiology at the State University of Ghent in Belgium, where he earned a degree in pharmacy and a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences. He also received a post-graduate degree in management from VLEKHO Business School in Belgium.