Updated on 25 June 2015
Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has announced that François-Xavier Roger has resigned Takeda with effect from June 26, 2015 to become Chief Financial Officer of Nestlé S.A.
Takeda President and CEO Christophe Weber commented, "François' departure does not signal a change in our strategy, which we are just starting to execute. François has played a great role to support the transformation of Takeda into a global leader, and I enjoyed working with him. Of course, his stay at Takeda has been too short and we are disappointed by his decision."
Mr. Roger joined Takeda on September 2, 2013 as its first global CFO with the mission to integrate Takeda's global finance functions. He created worldwide functions for financial controlling, treasury, tax, information technology, procurement, and insurance/risk management. Mr. Roger led the fast execution of Project Summit, an initiative to optimize efficiency as the next phase of Takeda's global transformation.
Mr. Roger said, "We have achieved a lot as a global management team, and I have really enjoyed my time with Takeda and in Japan. Thanks to its rich R&D pipeline, bedrock values of Takeda-ism, talented management team, and strong balance sheet, it is my strong belief that Takeda has a bright future."
The succession, starting with an interim CFO, will be announced shortly.