Richard Francis has been CEO of Sandoz since 2014. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis. Mr. Francis joined Novartis from Biogen Idec, where he held global and country leadership positions during his 13-year career with the company. Most recently, he was senior vice president of the company’s United States commercial organization. From 1998 to 2001, he was at Sanofi in the United Kingdom, and held various marketing roles across the company’s urology, analgesics and cardiovascular products. He also held sales and marketing positions at Lorex Synthélabo and Wyeth. Mr. Francis received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK.