Novartis appoints new head of OTC division

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Novartis has announced the appointment of Brian McNamara as the new division head of its over-the-counter (OTC) business unit.

Mr McNamara brings more than two decades of experience in consumer marketing to the role, having occupied a number of important position with Novartis OTC since joining the organisation from Procter and Gamble in 2004.

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He acted as regional head for Novartis OTC Europe from 2007 to 2010 and played a key role in various strategic product acquisitions, including gaining rights for the Prevacid Rx-to-OTC switch.

Mr McNamara has been appointed as the successor to Naomi Kelman, who is leaving Novartis after joining the company around a year ago.

Joseph Jimenez, chief executive officer of Novartis, said: "I am confident that Brian will provide strong leadership, focusing on growing our priority brands, consistently meeting our quality standards and improving performance in key emerging markets."

Last year, the company achieved a 16 percent year-on-year increase in annual sales, with various strategic plans being put in place to maintain this momentum into 2012.

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