Joe Jimenez isn't interested in lamenting the state of the industry. He's focused on one thing: adapting Novartis to thrive in a mercurial environment. Jimenez took the pharma division helm in Basel, Switzerland, last October, having joined Novartis in April as head of consumer health. He spent 22 years at consumer companies, including H.J. Heinz, as president and CEO of North American and European business; ConAgra, as president of two operating divisions; and The Clorox Co, where he began his career after receiving his MBA from UC Berkeley. Jimenez served as a non-executive director of AstraZeneca, and was an advisor for Blackstone Group before joining Novartis. Jimenez is driving change in development, sales, productivity and culture. Jimenez, a collegiate all-American swimmer and team captain at Stanford University, says competitive swimming built inner strength that he still draws upon.
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