SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited (“Takeda”), announced today that Ricardo Marek has been appointed as the President of the Emerging Markets Business Unit (EM BU), based in Singapore, effective April 1, 2017. In his new role he will lead all business operations across five geographic Areas that comprise EM BU – Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), China, Latin America, Middle East & Africa and Russia-CIS. Marek will also serve as a Corporate Officer and member of Takeda’s Executive Team, and report to Christophe Weber, President and Chief Executive Officer of Takeda.
After joining Takeda in 2011, Ricardo became President of Takeda Brazil in 2013. He then took-on additional, concurrent responsibilities, as Area Head of Latin America (LatAm) in 2014. Ricardo will be relocating from his home in São Paulo, Brazil, to Singapore and succeeds Giles Platford who has moved to Zurich as President of Europe and Canada, also effective April 1, 2017.
“The Emerging Markets is one of Takeda’s core growth drivers. Ricardo’s success in delivering solid growth in Latin America over the last six years, coupled with his strong leadership skills and commercial acumen makes him well placed to lead this business unit,” commented Christophe Weber, President & CEO of Takeda. “Ricardo has an impressive track-record spanning over 15 years in leadership positions. I am confident he will continue to lead our teams to great success in their work to deliver better health and a brighter future to patients.”
Marek’s experience also includes completing strategic acquisitions for Takeda across LatAm as well as launching the Oncology business in that part of the world for some of Takeda’s potentially life-saving and life-transforming medicines. His commitment to his employees and the development of talent has resulted in the countries under his remit being recognized with external awards from both the Great Place to Work ® and Top Employer ® Institutes. He holds an MBA from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.