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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Together, our nine members of the Executive Leadership Team are responsible for worldwide operations. This experienced management team has a proven track record and a core focus on scientific excellence and financial performance.
Since 2016, François Vuillet, has been HRA Pharma's Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Leadership Team. Together, our members inspire HRA Pharma teams to dream, dare, share.

François Vuillet

François Vuillet

Chief Executive Officer

Role At HRA Pharma: François Vuillet is HRA pharma's Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Leadership Team.
 

Professional Background: François joined HRA Pharma in 2002 as international product manager. Since he started working for the company, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Marketing and Operations Division. In 2004, he was entrusted with the development of the European business model adapted to products indicated for extremely rare diseases. He later led the development of HRA' Pharma's Orphan Drug Unit which he directed from 2005 to 2007.
In 2008, François was appointed International Operations Director; he focused on coordinating all aspects of HRA Pharma's expansion outside of France and into other areas of Western Europe, from establishing subsidiaries to recruitment and logistics. In 2011, François became Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma. Within his role, he led the Global Commercial Operations Division and was responsible for the development, design, monitoring, and improvement of the company’s commercial structure and system that create and deliver the company’s products in both of its therapeutic fields.
 

Education: François graduated from the University of auvergne in Clermont Ferrand's Faculty of Pharmacy in 2000.  He then obtained a Master's Degree in marketing management and health economics from ESSEC Business School (Ecole superieure des sciences économiques et commerciales, France) in 2002.

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François Vuillet

François Vuillet

FRANCE

Chief Executive Officer

For the last fourteen years, François Vuillet has advanced his career at HRA Pharma. Since he joined the company in 2002, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Marketing and Operations Division. He has forged exceptional leadership skills underpinned by an in-depth knowledge of how our company operates, coupled with a truly international approach.

Geoff Allan

Geoff Allan

Chief Financial Officer

Role At HRA Pharma: Geoff Allan joined HRA Pharma as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team in November 2011.


Professional Background
: Prior to this, Geoff served for five years as CFO of Kewego, a leading International provider of internet based video broadcasting solutions. Geoff was responsible for all financial, legal and administrative aspects of the business and participated actively in making Kewego the first profitable company in its sector, in all fund raising and investor relations activities as well as in the sale negotiations.
Before to this, Geoff occupied various senior financial management positions in different service and technology businesses, in particular as CFO of the 3i and Edmond de Rothschild backed Franco-US firm, eDevice, and prior to that working directly for leading French entrepreneurs such as André Rousselet, Founder of Canal +.


Education
: Geoff began his career as a financial analyst for an independent stock market listed investment firm, prior to joining the mergers and acquisitions department of The Chase Manhattan Bank in Paris. Geoff has worked on many fund raising and mergers and acquisitions transactions, involving both private and public operations.
Geoff holds honours degrees in Law from King's College, University of London and from the University of Paris I, Pantheon – Sorbonne.

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Geoff Allan

Geoff Allan

UNITED KINGDOM

Chief Financial Officer

Geoff Allan has enjoyed a diverse financial career, occupying senior management positions across a range of industries, including a five-year period as CFO for Kewego, an international provider of internet-based video broadcasting solutions. While Geoff was CFO at Kewego, the company became the first profitable company in its sector. He joined HRA Pharma as CFO in 2011.

Anne-Laure Astecker

Anne-Laure Astecker

Director, Regulatory & Compliance

Role At HRA Pharma: Anne-Laure Astecker has been Regulatory and Compliance Director of HRA Pharma since October 2013. She leads the development and implementation of the global regulatory strategies and designs and implements corporate compliance programs. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the company.
 

Professional Background: Anne-Laure Astecker joined HRA Pharma in 2008 as regulatory officer and then moved to the position of head of regulatory affairs. Before joining HRA Pharma, Ms. Astecker was in charge of a Development Registration Center in Austria. Prior to that, she aquired experience in regulatory activities within Aventis Pharma in Paris France and GlaxoSmithKline in the UK.
 

Education: Ms. Astecker graduated in 2001 with a pharmacy degree from University of Rennes, France and with a Master of international drug development and registration from University of Châtenay-Malabry, Paris XI France.

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Anne-Laure Astecker

Anne-Laure Astecker

FRANCE

Director, Regulatory & Compliance

Anne-Laure Astecker has been Regulatory and Compliance Director of HRA Pharma since October 2013. She leads the development and implementation of the global regulatory strategies and designs and implements corporate compliance programs. Prior to joining our company, Anne-Laure was in charge of a Development Registration Center in Austria. She has also worked at Aventis Pharma in Paris, France, and GlaxoSmithKline in the UK.

Pascale Borensztein

Pascale Borensztein

Director Of Research And Development

Role At HRA Pharma: Pascale Borensztein has been Director of Research and Development at HRA Pharma since January 2016. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma.

 

Professional Background: Before joining the company, Ms. Borensztein was International Project Director for Servier, a position she held for six years. Previously, she spent about 15 years as Head of Research and then Director of Research within the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Pascale Borensztein has extensive experience of pharmaceutical R&D in all phases, from early discovery through to clinical trials and has experience of leading clinical development in several major disease areas.

 


Education: Pascale Borensztein received an M.D. from the Denis Diderot University and did her residency in Paris. She is a board certified endocrinologist with a qualification in renal physiology. She has an extensive mentoring and teaching experience guiding multiple sections of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

 

  

 

 

 

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Pascale Borensztein

Pascale Borensztein

FRANCE

Director Of Research And Development

Pascale Borensztein has been Director of Research and Development at HRA Pharma since January 2016. She is a board certified endocrinologist with an extensive experience of pharmaceutical R&D in all phases, from early discovery through to clinical trials and has experience of leading clinical development in several major disease areas.

Eliane Brissot

Eliane Brissot

Director, Human Resources

Role at HRA Pharma: Eliane Brissot has been in charge of Human Resources at HRA Pharma since 2007. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma.
 

Professional Background: Eliane spent most of her career as Human Resources Director for Chanel, after being Human Resources Manager in the areas of real estate (Schneider Group) and pharmaceutical industry (Delalande). Prior to working with HRA Pharma, Eliane Brissot was an independent consultant in human resources organization, training and development.


Education
: Eliane holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises from Université Paris I-Sorbonne and is graduated in Psychology from Université Paris X-Nanterre. She is Certified Coach -TransformancePro, Paris.

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Eliane Brissot

Eliane Brissot

FRANCE

Director, Human Resources

Since 2007, Eliane Brissot has been in charge of Human Resources at HRA Pharma. Prior to working with us, she was an independent consultant in human resources organization, training and development. She also spent ten years as the Human Resources Director for Chanel. Eliane holds a master's degree in human resources from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises - Université Paris I-Sorbonne. She is Certified Coach -TransformancePro, Paris.

Hélène Guillard

Hélène Guillard

Director, Self-Care Medicines

Role At HRA Pharma: Hélène Guillard has been Director of the Self-Care Medicines Division of HRA Pharma since 2011. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma.


Professional Background
: Hélène Guillard joined HRA Pharma in 2002 and in 2003 became the Qualified Person in charge of organizing and monitoring all pharmaceutical activities from advertising and information to drug safety, product quality monitoring and batch recall. She then advanced to Head of Quality, Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Affairs focusing on the company's pharmaceutical development operations and ensuring that the company's pharmaceutical activities adhere to national and international standards.


Education
: Hélène began her career as quality control officer at LCO Santé, now part of Cenexi, a leading provider of manufacturing sites for pharmaceutical companies. Helene earned her pharmacist's degree and her master's degree in quality management and biotechnology from the Pharmacy School of Angers, France. Hélène is an active member of the AESGP, the European Association of Self-Care Medicines.

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Hélène Guillard

Hélène Guillard

FRANCE

Director, Self-Care Medicines

Hélène Guillard is Director of the Self-Care Medicines Division of HRA Pharma. Having formerly held the post of Head of Quality, Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Affairs, ensuring our pharmaceutical development operations and activities adhere to national and international standards. Hélène is an active member of the AESGP (the European Association of Self-Care Medicines).

Luc Massart

Luc Massart

General Manager

Role At HRA Pharma: Luc Massart has been General Manager of HRA Pharma France since 2010. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the company.
 

Professional Background: Luc Massart joined HRA Pharma in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer. He has been responsible for the development of HRA Pharma and its global reach, ensuring that the company fulfills its mission to make its products and services accessible worldwide. He held this position until 2010.
Prior to joining HRA Pharma, Luc worked for nearly two decades at a number of multi-national pharmaceutical companies as head of marketing and/or medical teams: Schwarz Pharma, Glaxo SmithKline, Hoffman La Roche and Roussel Uclaf where he started his pharmaceutical career as specialist for Infectious Diseases.


Education: Luc earned his M.D. degree from the University of Paris at Necker Children's Hospital school.

Key knowledge: Luc practiced medicine for a decade in a number of hospitals in Paris and its surrounding areas, in the medical and surgical emergency, cardiology, internal medicine, and pediatrics departments.

Luc Massart

Luc Massart

FRANCE

General Manager

Luc Massart has been General Manager of HRA France since 2010,. Prior to joining HRA Pharma, Luc worked for nearly two decades at a number of multi-national pharmaceutical companies as head of marketing and/or medical teams. Companies he has worked for include: Schwarz Pharma, Glaxo SmithKline, Hoffman La Roche and Roussel Uclaf, where he started his pharmaceutical career as a specialist for Infectious Diseases. Luc earned his M.D. degree from the University of Paris at Necker Children's Hospital school.

Emmanuel Sensale

Emmanuel Sensale

Director, Supply Chain

Role At HRA PharmaEmmanuel Sensale has been Supply Chain Director of HRA Pharma since December 2014. In this role, he is responsible for optimizing the performance of the company’s global supply chain while providing strategic industrial orientations. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma.
 

Professional BackgroundEmmanuel joined HRA Pharma from IBA Molecular Tracers, France where he first managed the company’s European operations then eventually moved to supply chain division, which he led until November 2014. Prior to that, Emmanuel served 12 years at Pfizer where he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in quality, production, supply chain and insourcing & outsourcing departments.

Education: Emmanuel holds a PhD in Industrial Maintenance and Information Technology from Valenciennes University. In 2001, he received Supply Chain Expert diploma from ISERPA Angers; then in 2004, he completed Production and Inventory Management Certification at CPIM-APICS.

 

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Emmanuel Sensale

Emmanuel Sensale

FRANCE

Director, Supply Chain

Emmanuel Sensale has been Supply Chain Director of HRA Pharma since December 2014. He is a senior supply chain professional whose career has seen extensive capability development across the key functions of logistics and supply chain leadership in healthcare industry.

Frédérique Welgryn

Frédérique Welgryn

Chief Operating Officer

Role At HRA Pharma: Frédérique Welgryn has been Chief Operating Officer since 2016. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing ongoing business operations within the company and creating operations strategy and policies. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HRA Pharma.
 

Professional Background: Frédérique Welgryn was HRA Pharma's Women's Health Therapeutic Domain Director from 2012 to 2016.  In that role, she was responsible for providing commercial leadership and maximizing the value of the company's Women's Health activities. Ms. Welgryn began her career with HRA Pharma in 2010 as the Operations Director of the company's French subsidiary. Prior to joining HRA Pharma, she held various leadership positions as Marketing & Sales Director and Business Units Manager with large pharmaceutical companies such as Roche, Sanofi and AstraZeneca. She also served as managing consultant for the Strategy and Transformation Division of CAP Gemini Ernst & Young.


Education
: Frédérique graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a master in Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management from Paris V University (France). She completed her MSc in Management at HEC Paris Business School (Ecole des hautes études commerciales de Paris, France).

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Frédérique Welgryn

Frédérique Welgryn

FRANCE

Chief Operating Officer

Frédérique Welgryn is HRA Pharma's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, she was Global Director for Women’s Health Therapeutic Domain. Previously, she worked for large pharmaceutical companies such as Roche, Sanofi and AstraZeneca. Frédérique also served as a managing consultant in the Strategy and Transformation Division of CAP Gemini Ernst & Young.

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