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3. Corporate Governance Statement

3.5 Executive Committee

3.5 Executive Committee

Composition of the Executive Committee

As announced in July 2019, UCB evolved its organization and ways of working to ensure more agility and transversal collaboration across the organization. This evolution is reflected in the composition of the UCB Executive Committee which became smaller in 2020, with more transversal roles across businesses and regions, and with more focus on the company’s core activity areas.

After Jeff Wren and Bharat Tewarie stepped down from the Executive Committee in Q4 2019, Alexander Moscho and Pascale Richetta stepped down in January 2020. The former CFO of the company, Detlef Thielgen, stepped down from the Executive Committee at the end of April 2020. He was replaced as of July 1, 2020 by Sandrine Dufour. During the interim period (from end April until July 1, 2020) the CFO function was exercised ad interim by Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO.

Since July 1, 2020, the Executive Committee is composed as follows:

  • Jean-Christophe Tellier: Chief Executive Officer & Chair of the Executive Committee

  • Dhaval Patel: Executive Vice President - Chief Scientific Officer

  • Iris Löw-Friedrich: Executive Vice President - Chief Medical Officer

  • Charl van Zyl: Executive Vice President - Neurology Solutions & Head of EU/International

  • Emmanuel Caeymaex: Executive Vice President - Immunology Solutions & Head of US

  • Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen: Executive Vice President - Supply & Technology Solutions

  • Jean-Luc Fleurial: Executive Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer

  • Sandrine Dufour: Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

  • Bill Silbey: Executive Vice President - General Counsel

 Xavier Michel, Group Secretary General, acts as the secretary of the Executive Committee, ensuring the link between the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the broader organization.

Functioning of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met on a regular basis with an average of 1 to 2 days a month in 2020.

There were no transactions or contractual relationships in 2020 between UCB, including its affiliates, and a member of the Executive Committee.

The functioning, competences and authority of the Executive Committee are further described in the Charter .

Honorary chairmen of the Executive Committee

The following persons have been nominated as honorary chairman of the Executive Committee:

  • Roch Doliveux

  • Georges Jacobs de Hagen

  • Daniel Janssen