Saturday, August 13, 2011

Merck KGaA: Udit Batra to Lead Consumer Health Care Division

 Merck announced that Udit Batra will become Head of the Consumer Health Care Division as of September 1, 2011. He will succeed Peter Shotter, who has decided to leave the company by the end of 2011. Udit Batra will report to Stefan Oschmann, Executive Board Member of Merck and responsible for the pharmaceutical business.

After completing a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware, USA, Udit Batra obtained his PhD from Princeton University and started as a research engineer at Merck & Co. (outside North-America: MSD). In 2001, he joined McKinsey, where he worked across the healthcare, consumer and non-profit sectors as a senior engagement manager. In 2004, Udit became global brand director for the Wound Care Franchise at Johnson & Johnson and joined Novartis in 2006, where he held several positions. He was the global head of corporate strategy at Novartis headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, as well as country president in Australia. In 2009, he was appointed as head of global public health and market access for the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics business, where he also was a member of the Global Executive Committee.
Udit Batra was born in India and is a US citizen.


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