Novo Nordisk announces Gruhn, Soeters to switch places
PRINCETON, N.J. Leading diabetes company Novo Nordisk Tuesday announced the appointment of Jerzy Gruhn as president of Novo Nordisk Inc., the company’s U.S. affiliate, and senior vice president of Novo Nordisk North America.
Gruhn will replace Martin Soeters, who will take up the position as senior vice president of the European region, overseeing the company’s operations in 35 countries. Gruhn is currently vice president of the Eastern Europe region. The appointments will take effect on January 1, 2008.
"We are making these changes at a time when Novo Nordisk is doing well in both Europe and North America and are confident that we have the right leadership to secure our future growth in the two regions," said Kare Schultz, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
"North America is not only the world’s largest diabetes market, but also a region populated by people passionate about stopping the diabetes epidemic here and around the world," said Gruhn. "Novo Nordisk will continue to be a leader in changing diabetes by embracing a unique business model that allows us to be socially and environmentally responsible, while achieving fiscal growth to advance diabetes care."
Martin Soeters has more than 27 years’ experience in Novo Nordisk in executive management, sales and marketing. Since he took over responsibility for the company’s operations in the North American region in 2000 he has grown annual sales from $500 million in 2000 to $2.1 billion in 2006.