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Photograph by Céline Clanet—Courtesy of Sanofi
  • Title
    Executive Vice President, Global Divisions and Strategic Development
  • Affiliation
    Sanofi
  • Country
    France
  • Age
    48

Pascale Witz has a master’s degree in molecular biology and started her career in a research lab—a pedigree far more common for a scientist than a business executive. But her career took off when she switched to the business side of pharmaceuticals, and she now heads Sanofi’s global divisions and strategic development—overseeing about $17 billion in revenue. In January 2016, after a company restructuring, she’ll be in charge of one of five global business units, overseeing Diabetes and Cardiovascular medicines. That division will include the cholesterol reducer Praluent, a potential blockbuster that was approved by the FDA in July. She’s also overseeing Sanofi’s partnership with Google’s life sciences team to advance new treatments for patients with diabetes, like contact lenses that monitor glucose levels. —Claire Groden

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Personal Information

Country
France
Previous Rank18
Newcomer?
no

Company Information

2014 Revenues
45,257
2014 Profits
5,823
Market Value (as of 09/01/15)
128,617