Christel Bories fired by Ipsen’s board over strategy disagreement
Christel Bories, deputy CEO, has left Ipsen. Since her arrival in February 2013, Christel Bories has made a significant contribution to the operational transformation and improved results of Ipsen. Recently, the board of directors and Christel Bories have noted disagreements over the group's strategy. In accordance with the Afep-Medef corporate governance code, the board of directors has decided to grant the contractually agreed severance package to Christel Bories.
The board of directors of Ipsen, following its meeting on Feb. 15, has decided to adapt its corporate governance by separating the functions of chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), under the conditions laid down in the company's bylaws and after consulting the Nominations & Governance Committee.
Ipsen has initiated the process to recruit its future CEO with the goal of completing that process within the coming months. Marc de Garidel, Chairman and CEO of Ipsen, will become non-executive chairman upon the arrival of the new CEO and will continue to share with the board of directors his deep understanding of the sector.
Marc de Garidel, chairman and CEO of Ipsen, said, "The evolution in the corporate governance of Ipsen marks an important milestone in the Group's transformation. Underpinned by its independence and the support of its majority shareholder, the Group is confident in the outlook for its future. This evolution meets the need for our Group to accelerate its international development in an increasingly complex environment. The separation of functions will enable the CEO to concentrate on the business strategy, the pursuit of our transformation, and operations, while, as non-executive chairman, I will be able to focus fully on leading and animating the board of directors. Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to Christel Bories for her significant contribution as deputy CEO to the operational transformation, as well as to the teams who are fully mobilized."
Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biotechnological group with total sales exceeding €1.2 billion in 2014. Ipsen sells more than 20 drugs in more than 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in 30 countries.