TOKYO: Japan’s top drugmaker said Saturday it had picked a GlaxoSmithKline executive as its next president in a rare example of overseas head-hunting by a major Japanese firm.
The board of directors at Takeda Pharmaceutical, which has been active in foreign acquisitions in recent years, approved 47-year-old French Christophe Weber, as chief operating officer and candidate as the next chief executive.
He will be the first non-Japanese chief in 230 years of history at the company based in western Japan’s Osaka.
Weber will join Takeda to take the role of chief operating officer by April 2014 and is expected to become president upon approval at a general meeting of shareholders in June, Takeda said in a statement.
Current president and chief executive Yasuchika Hasegawa is expected to become chairman and chief executive.