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Richard Francis 2,3

Former Division Head and Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz, the Generics Division of Novartis
Richard Francis has been a director since May 2016. He serves on the Compensation and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Manchester Metropolitan University. From 2014 to March 2019, he was Division Head and Chief Executive Officer of Sandoz, the Generics Division of Novartis, and was a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.

Prior to his most recent position, Mr. Francis spent 13 years at Biogen Idec, where he held various global and country leadership positions. Immediately prior to leaving Biogen in 2014, Mr. Francis was Senior Vice President of their US commercial organization. From 1998 to 2001, he held various marketing roles at Sanofi.

Mr. Francis has in-depth knowledge of the generics, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industry sectors, which are important market segments for the company. He also has significant leadership and international expertise and will provide useful insights to our global organization.