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Novartis CEO Jimenez Highlights OTC Switches, Consumer Acquisitions

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Incoming Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez plans to expand the Swiss firm's consumer health division over the next few years after he takes the reins from his predecessor Daniel Vasella

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