Christopher A. Viehbacher
Christopher A. Viehbacher, holds German and Canadian nationalities. He is a graduate of the Queens University (Ontario - Canada) and a certified public accountant. Since December 2008, he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi and is a Board member, in addition to being a member of the Strategy Committee. He is also Chairman of Genzyme, which Sanofi acquired in February 2011.
Christopher started his career in finance at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 1988. Throughout the next 20 years with the company, he acquired broad international experience in Europe, in the United States and in Canada. His last position, before joining Sanofi was President, Pharmaceutical Operations North America. He was also a member of the board and Co-Chairman of the Portfolio Management Board.
Christopher was elected President of the EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) in June 2013 for a period of 2 years.
Christopher was Chairman of PhRMA in the United States (December 2010 – April 2012) and since February 2011 is Chair of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. This association brings together employers across the United States to develop and implement workplace initiatives that reduce the risk of cancer, enable early diagnosis, facilitate better access to best-available treatments and hasten the discovery of novel and more effective diagnostic tools and anti-cancer therapies. Over 120 organisations are now members, covering 3 million employees.
In 2003, the French government acknowledged his commitment to public health and business by awarding Christopher a knight of the French Legion of Honor. He received the prestigious 2012 Pasteur Foundation Award, recognizing his leadership role within the pharmaceutical industry’s support of research & development and improving health of the 7 billion people around the world. Amongst other commitments, Christopher is also a member of International Business Council (WEF) and a member of the Board of Visitors of Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.