17 October 2003 23:51 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--Schering-Plough (S-P) announced a structural change and four top executive appointments Friday in what S-P chairman and chief executive Fred Hassan termed an effort to "stabilise, repair and then turn around Schering-Plough."
Hassan, who was named chief of the struggling S-P in April this year, said in a statement that S-P is creating a "global and integrated manufacturing supply chain" and has named former Merck & Company manufacturing executive Robert Boisclair as senior vice president of S-P's global supply chain, effective next Monday.
Hassan said Boisclair will report directly to him. With Boisclair's appointment, he said, S-P's 34 manufacturing sites worldwide will report to the new global supply chain organisation. Previously, said S-P, those units reported to a variety of local and global managers.
The company also announced appointment of Steve Chellevold, former head of manufacturing at S-P, as chairman of the global supply chain, reporting to Hassan. Chellevold will have responsibility for long-term supply chain strategy, the company said.
Richard Bowles, S-P's former head of quality, is being promoted to senior vice president for global quality operations. He too will report directly to Hassan. In addition to responsibility for global quality operations, said S-P, Bowles will continue to focus on ensuring S-P compliance with US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and S-P consent decree obligations with FDA.
In addition, S-P said that Mary-Frances Faraji has been appointed vice president for global product communications and advocacy development, effective next Monday. The company said in a statement that Faraji's appointment "is in line with the company's efforts to establish a new, integrated product marketing communications group that will lead non-advertising communications strategy and implementation support for all of the company's products on a worldwide basis." Before joining S-P, Faraji was senior director for public relations at Pfizer.
Hassan said that the new supply chain changes at Kenilworth, New Jersey-based S-P will "help to assure that our manufacturing sites worldwide operate with competitive standards of efficiency and responsiveness to customer demands."
The company is scheduled to announce its third quarter financial results next Wednesday.
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