Novo Nordisk names North America leader
Novo Nordisk has announced that Jesper Høiland has been appointed president of Novo Nordisk Inc., the company’s North American affiliate. The appointment became effective August 1, 2013. Mr. Høiland was previously Novo Nordisk’s head of International Operations, where he oversaw all of the company’s operations outside Europe, China, Japan, Korea, and North America. He replaces Jerzy Gruhn, who served in the role since 2008. Mr. Gruhn has been appointed to lead the company’s European business. In the first six months of 2013, the North American region accounted for 46 percent of total Novo Nordisk reported sales.
Mr. Høiland joined Novo Nordisk in 1987 as assistant area manager in Denmark. He moved to marketing positions in Canada, Belgium, and France before being promoted to general manager of Novo Nordisk Australia in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to senior VP of international marketing, and in 2004, senior VP of international operations. Under his leadership, the company’s international operations region has grown its business and organization significantly, leading to the successful spinoff of China as a new, separate region in 2011, among many other achievements.
“This position is a great opportunity to lead an organization that is both driving the growth of our business and helping solve one of the most pressing health challenges facing the United States,” Mr. Høiland says. “Novo Nordisk must play a vital role in addressing America’s diabetes crisis not only through the treatments we develop, but also by engaging with patients, caregivers, physicians, policy makers and communities to help prevent diabetes and improve treatment across the board.”
The changes in leadership have been triggered by the retirement of some of the company’s most experienced and successful leaders, including Martin Soeters, former head of the Europe region. Successors were identified through Novo Nordisk’s succession management process, part of the company’s annual organization review.
Posted: September 2013