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International HR Executive using creativity and consulting to support a senior management team to achieve high performance, unleash its full potential and shape the organization for future challenges.

Work experience

Apr 2005Present

Head HR Global Technical Operations

Sandoz AG

Sandoz, a Novartis company, is a world leader in generic pharmaceuticals. The company develops, manufactures and markets these medicines as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnological active ingredients. Sandoz reported generic pharmaceutical sales in 2006 were USD 5.9 billion and employs more than 23,000 associates in 110 countries. Sandoz global headquarters are based in Holzkirchen, Germany, located just south of Munich.

Head Human Resources, Global Technical Operations, located in Basel/Switzerland. Responsible for Human Resources Management and Organization Development for the Global Functions Technical Operations, Product Development and Quality Assurance.

Scope in Global Technical Operations: 35 pharmaceutical manufacturing plants across the world employing 8'000 employees, global Supply Chain Management, Sourcing and Purchasing, Engineering and HSE.

Scope in Global Product Development: 7 Global Product Development Centers across the world - employing 2'000 employees. Function includes Project and Portfolio Management as well as DRA.

Responsible for a global team of 70 HR professionals.

Major achievements so far:

  • Organization design and staffing of new Global Technical Operations and Global Human Resources Function 

  • Integration of Hexal Manufacturing and Supply Chain into Sandoz Global Technical Operations., i.e. site exits and closures, capacity expansion projects in many countries, site acquisition projects in Turkey, Indonesia and China.

  • Support of worldwide Production Network Consolidation Program

  • Multiple M&A projects, including due diligence and integration work.

  • Introduction of Talent Development as a key priority for future growth.

Feb 2003Feb 2004

Head Human Resources Global IT

Novartis Pharma AG

Head Human Resources, located in Basel/Switzerland. Responsible for Human Resources Management and Organization Development for the Global IT Function across Novartis (approx. 2'500 IT associates).

Major achievements:

  • Successfully implemented Pathways (Competency based People Development Program) for the Global IT Function

  • Introduced Talent Development Process (Talking Talent)

  • Facilitated major reorganisation program to build new global Infrastructure organisation

Apr 2000Aug 2001

Head Group Human Resources

Day Software AG

Day (SWX:DAYN) is an international and leading provider of enterprise content management and furthermore offers award winning unification software, which enables companies to unify and manage all digital data, systems, applications and processes through the web.

Global Head Human Resources, located in Basel/Switzerland. Responsible for building up a global HR organisation in a start-up business right after IPO.

Major achievements:

  • Managed headcount increase from 100 to over 250 in 10 months despite dry IT labour market in all countries and heavy restructuring activities

  • Design and implementation of all relevant HR group policies and processes (management structure, travel, international assignments, compensation committee structure, benefits such as pension plan, car plan and stock options, insurances etc., performance measurement, etc.)

  • Built an international HR network (all new hires) across the organisation

  • Successful participation in all M&A activities: various due diligence processes, management audits and integration of acquired company (MarketingNet in the UK)

  • Initiated and facilitated organizational development processes on top management level

  • Successfully facilitated transition from Swiss web agency to Global Software company and migration of various headquarter functions from Basel to Newport Beach, California.