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Dr Franz Humer

Dr Franz Humer

Experienced Chairman: FTSE 100, SMI, STOXX Europe 50, Public Sector, Private Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 33 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge of pharmaceutical and biotech, private equity 
  • Experience as a COO, CEO, Chairman, Audit Committee Chair, Business Development Chair, Governance Committee Chair, International Strategy Committee Chair, Compensation Committee member, Finance Committee member, Nomination Committee member, Risk Committee member
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Current Positions

Dr Franz Humer is currently an Independent Director of Allogene Therapeutics, Chairman of PCI Services Inc., Advisory Board member of LetterOne Holdings, Senior Advisor to Target PharmaSolutions (a data-solutions company for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries), Healthcare Advisor to Temasek Holdings (Singapore) and Advisor to a number of start-up companies.

Industry Knowledge

Professional experience from positions in the pharmaceuticals industry at, among others, Schering Plough Corp. and Roche Holdings Ltd. In March 2014, Franz retired as Chairman of Roche Holding AG, capping a transformative 15-year tenure as Chairman and/or Chief Executive Officer.

Franz was also Chairman of Diageo, the world’s leading spirits company, and an Independent Director with Citigroup Inc., Chugai Pharmaceuticals Ltd (Japan), Arix Bioscience plc and Kite Pharma (biotech company in Los Angeles).

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Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel is the current Chairman of Pearson plc, the world’s largest publishing and education company. He is also a Board Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee at IBM Corporation, Chairman Emeritus at Eli Lilly & Co and an Advisory Board member of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall SA.

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Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith is Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. Chris brings 50 years of business experience across a wide range of industries. He was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange plc, Chairman of the UK’s National Air Traffic Services, Chairman of The British Land Company plc, Chairman of Partnership Assurance plc, and Chairman of Just Group plc.

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Sir Donald Brydon CBE

Sir Donald Brydon CBE

Sir Donald Brydon is Chairman of Sage Group plc and Chairman of the fin tech firm Tide Holdings. Previously Sir Donald was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group plc, Chairman of the Royal Mail plc, Smiths Group plc, the London Metal Exchange, Amersham plc, Taylor Nelson Sofres plc, the ifs School of Finance and EveryChild.

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Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr is the Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts & Co LP. In addition, he is Chairman of the English National Ballet, Vice-President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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