Novartis appoints new head of OTC unit

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Novartis has appointed Naomi Kelman as the new head of its over-the-counter (OTC) unit.

The move comes as the department becomes a separate division to the overall diversified healthcare portfolio of the group, with Ms Kelman - who previously managed various sectors within the Johnson and Johnson group - becoming a permanent member of the company's executive committee.

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Reporting to chief executive officer Joseph Jimenez, it is hoped the appointment of the new head of the OTC unit will help to both "streamline and simplify" the decision-making process within Novartis.

Mr Jimenez said: "We look forward to Naomi joining our leadership team - her experience in consumer businesses, combined with her drive for results make her well-suited to run our OTC business."

Novartis achieved strong financial results in 2010, with an overall double-digit growth of some 14 per cent in net sales noted throughout the company and operating income up by 15 per cent.

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