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Operational Management

I have lead and developed multi-sites, multi-countries organizations including staff up to 1,500 employees.


French: Native

English: Fluent

German: Fluent

Czech: Operational

Russian: Operational


Working 20 years for the pharmaceutical industry at international level, I have collected a wide range of successful experiences as well in commercial than in manufacturing environments, as well with development challenges than with refocusing approaches. During these years, I have shown ability to build strategies, furthermore results oriented, I always delivered tangible results.

In this respect, I feel well prepared for further ambitious challenges in a top leadership position.


  University Pharmacy     Bordeaux, France     Sep 1983 - Jun 1990   Dr, Pharmacy CEDEP (Campus INSEAD) Fontainebleau, France Dec 1998 - Mar 2000 General Management Program


Married with 5 children 4, 9, 12, 14 and 16 years old

Strategic thinking

Manufacturing:    - I have prepared and implemented successful manufacturing strategies for pharmaceuticals, including plans with significant Capital Expenditures as well as with major downsizing.

Commercial:      -I have prepared and implemented successful commercial strategies for pharmaceuticals, as well for developed as for emerging markets.

Work experience

Nov 2010Present

Director Manufacturing Network Optimization

Abbott Products Operations AG
Aug 2008Oct 2010

Executive VP, Head of Manufacturing Solids

Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Supervising 8 manufacturing sites worldwide (1250 employees).

Achievements:- To have ramped up a FDA approved site in France

- To have obtained FDA approval at a German site

- To have further optimized the pharmaceutical Network (1 site shutted-down (US), 2 sites divested France and Spain))

- To have further improved performance (Lean processes), i.e. 10% further costs reduction at remaining sites thanks to a lean approach of indirect processes.

May 2007Aug 2008

VP, Manufacturing & Supply Project

Solvay Pharmaceuticals

Achievements:- To have driven a manufacturing network restructuring project throughout Europe, Americas and Asia, downsizing from 18 sites (2600 people) in 2005 to 10 sites (1600 people) at the end of 2008. I personally led the negotiations for the divestment of 4 of these sites.

- To have implemented a work force reduction of 15% at remaining sites.

- To have recruited an Operational Excellence group, helping me in driving Lean Manufacturing programmes throughout the Manufacturing & Supply organisation.

- To have prepared myself to step up as Head of Manufacturing Operations

- To contribute actively to a strategic Task force, designing the future profile of the Pharmaceutical Branch of Solvay (‘Transformation 2015’).

Jan 2005Apr 2007

Manufacturing & Supply Director

Laboratoires Fournier SA

Running Fournier M&S global organisation including all functions, 4 plants, employing 680 people in France and in Ireland

Achievements: - To have refocused the organisation on key objectives

- To have secured the launch of the US commercial production of a new product in the Irish plant and filling the role of plant manager during one year (beside my role at global level).

- To have prepared and implemented the production capacity extension (capacity doubled, 25 M€ Capex).

- To have lead the industrial development of a new fenofibrate formulation (scale-up and regulatory batches, implementation a new production suite)

- To have supervised the preparation of a successful FDA inspection for the French pharmaceutical plant.

- To have initiated lean manufacturing programmes in all plants.

- To have prepared the launch of another new product in the French pharmaceutical plant (5 M€ Capex)

- To have solved critical managerial issues in the chemical plant and refocused the activities on profitable businesses.

- To have led all these projects successfully during the acquisition phase of Fournier by Solvay, and maintain serenity at all level of the organisation.

- To have prepared the integration of Fournier into Solvay.

May 2001Dec 2004

Managing Director (Geschäftsführer)

Fournier Pharma GmbH

40 MM.Euros sales, 160 people (full P& L responsibility).

Achievements:- To have maintained the organisation alive during and after a major crisis at the time of my arrival, as well from the business standpoint, as from human resources perspective.

- To have implemented the necessary changes in the organisation in order to get a top performing field force (tangible results actually achieved).

- To have prepared a strategic plan including significant investment.

Mar 2000Apr 2001

International Area Director, Europe

Laboratoires Fournier SA

Supervising 7 affiliates (UK, Sweden, Poland, CzechRepublic, Slovakia, Greece, and Portugal) and activities in Switzerland and Austria.

Managing 295 people and 50 MM.€ sales revenues(full P& L responsibility)

Activity: define the strategy; validate the budgets, controlling the implementation of good practices.

Challenge: to strengthen the affiliates in identifying and implementing licensing-in deals

Achievements:- Several deals signed for Poland, CzechRepublic, UK, and talks on-going for Sweden and Portugal.

                                - During these six years working in the Headquarters. I have identified, coached and developed a group of young and successful managers.

Jan 1998Mar 2000

International Area Director, Emerging Markets

Laboratoires Fournier SA

Supervising 4 geographic areas (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America).

Managing 250 employees, 40 MM€ sales revenues  (full P& L responsibility).

Activity: Selecting the markets where opportunities could be identified, develop action plans with the support of area managers and Country managers.

Challenge: to assess the risks related to each market and to identify the appropriate approach.

Achievements: - To have developed business in Central Europe

                            - To have initiated activities in Turkey and Algeria

                            - To have refocussed our activities in Latin America

Mar 1995Dec 1997

International Area Manager, Eastern Europe

Laboratoires Fournier SA

I transposed the successful Czech model the whole Eastern Europe, with organizations in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania then Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.

Managing up to 200 employees in various countries and generating up to 30MM€ sales (full P& L responsibility).

Particular achievements:

-To have strengthen the organization in Poland thanks to a new marketing approach

-To have started operations in Russia and Ukraine with own field forces

-To have further developed our position on the Czech market

Sep 1991Mar 1995

Managing director

Laoratoires Fournier s.r.o.

I joined Fournier in 1991, expressing my interest for an international assignment, particularly in Eastern Europe. After 3 Months in the French Headquarters, I was assigned to Prague as a permanent delegate in order to prepare Fournier strategy for entering these markets.

In 1992, I was involved in take-over plans within the frame of privatizations and in parallel, I studied the possibility of entering directly, thanks to the establishment of an own commercial organization.

My project was approved and I was selected to run the newly created company (30 employees including 20 medical representatives).

The plans were by far over passed. In 1995, Fournier was listed as the 7th most successful company on the Czech market in sales (worldwide ranking 70!), sales amounting to 500 MMCZK (€15 MM) (full P& L responsibility).

I started operations also in Slovakia and Hungary in 1994, according the same model.

Jun 1990Aug 1991


Just after university, I started at the Institute of Biopharmacy, within a pilot laboratory producing batches for clinical studies. I had the chance to produce mostly all pharmaceutical dosage forms (solids, liquids, steriles, lyo, ...) at quarter scale size