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Independent Non-executive Director - Joseph Papa

Career and Experience

Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. He began his commercial career at Novartis International AG as an Assistant Product Manager and eventually rose to Vice President, Marketing,having held senior positions in both Switzerland and the US. He moved on to hold senior positions at Searle Pharmaceuticalsand was later President & Chief Operating Officer of DuPont Pharmaceuticals and later Watson Pharma, Inc. Between 2004 and 2006 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Health Inc,. Joe is currently Chairman and Chief Executive of Perrigo plc, one of the largest over-the-counter pharmaceutical companies in the US.

Skills and Competencies

With over 30 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry Joe brings deep insight into the wider global healthcare industry and the regulatory environment. As Chairman and Chief Executive of a significant US Company, Joe has a comprehensive understanding both of how to attract and retain global talent and use remuneration arrangements that incentivise performance, leading to maximum returns for investors.


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