Schering-Plough Reorganizes Management in Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific

March 9, 2006
Patricia Van Arnum

Patricia Van Arnum was executive editor of Pharmaceutical Technology.

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Schering-Plough Reorganizes Management in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific

Schering-Plough Corporation (Kenilworth, NJ, www.schering-plough.com) restructured its Europe-based regional organization (EUCAN) into two separate areas and has reorganized its former Latin America-Far East Region into two separate organizations: Latin America and the Asia-Pacific Region.

EUCAN Regions I and II

Among the management changes, Apet Iskenderian continues in his current position as president, EUCAN Region, for the global pharmaceutical business, encompassing the two new EUCAN Regions I and II.

Francesco Granata, has been appointed group vice-president, EUCAN Region I. This region covers Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Granata joined Schering-Plough from Pfizer Inc. (New York, NY, www.pfizer.com), where he served as president of the Africa and Middle East Region, from April 2003 and since January 2004 as president of the Northern Europe Region, responsible for the Nordic and Benelux countries.

Bruno Strigini has been named group vice-president, EUCAN Region II. This region encompasses Austria, Belgium, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Strigini joined Schering-Plough from UCB-Celltech (Brussels, Belgium), where he served as president, international operations.

Gilles Picard has been appointed vice-president and general manager for Schering-Plough France. Most recently, Picard was vice-president of the company's country operations in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Latin America and Asia-Pacific

Pierre Verstraete has been named group vice-president and president, Latin America Region. Formerly senior vice-president and general manager for Schering-Plough France, Verstraete has served as vice-president and general manager for Spain and was vice-president of marketing in the United States.

Alfredo M. Blanco, former president of the Latin America and Far East Regions, retired at the end of 2005 following a 13-year career with Schering-Plough.

Rodney W. Unsworth has been appointed group vice-president and president for the Asia-Pacific Region (excluding Japan), formerly called the Far East Region.

Schering-Plough's country operation in Japan continues under the leadership of Masao Torii, president, who is based in Osaka and Tokyo.

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