Jessamy Baird appointed Sanofi UK Managing Director
Reading, UK – July 1, 2021 - Baird has been named the Managing Director of Sanofi (UK) and will take up her new position today. Jessamy is currently the company’s General Manager for its UK and Irish General Medicines business, a post she will maintain and has held since May 2020. She succeeds Hugo Fry, who has left the company after 18 years.
Baird first joined Sanofi in 2015 as Head of Market Access for the UK and Ireland, following 14 years with Eli Lilly where in her final role she drove market access strategies across 30 countries in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan. In addition to her business experience, she has also held non-executive/board-level positions in the NHS over the past ten years.
“As we emerge from the shadow of the pandemic and understand more about the challenges and opportunities that Brexit creates, we face an important moment for the UK,” says Baird. “It is a moment in time where the decisions made will determine not only the success or failure of the UK as a global centre of excellence for health and science innovation, but also how fast and effectively latest medical advances and best treatment options can be delivered to people in the future. In this role I look forward to working with Sanofi leadership to take stock, understand how we as an industry, and as Sanofi, can help meet the healthcare challenges of the future, support the needs of patients, and drive our strategic priorities forward, in partnership with our health and social care systems.”
“Jessamy’s breadth of experience of the healthcare sector, having worked both in the pharmaceutical industry as well as the NHS, positions her well for this critical firm-wide role,” comments Tarja Stenvall, Head of General Medicines Key Markets at Sanofi. “She is a skilled business leader who thrives on helping individuals, teams, and businesses to succeed. I congratulate her on this appointment.”
Baird is from Hampshire, 50 years old, and was educated at University of Aberdeen. Beyond healthcare, she has a great passion for walking and the role of physical activity in supporting mental health and well-being, in our personal as well as our work lives.
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