Robert E. Pelzer, LLB
Mr. Robert E. Pelzer is an accomplished pharmaceutical leader with significant international experience. He was most recently President of Novartis Corporation and served as its Head of Legal Affairs. In that capacity, Mr. Pelzer was responsible for the oversight of all six Novartis divisions operating in the United States and was member and Chairman of 30+ U.S. Novartis company board of directors. Previously, Mr. Pelzer served as Global General Counsel and Head of Legal Services at Novartis Pharma AG, based in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to joining Novartis in 2002, Mr. Pelzer served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at DuPont Pharmaceuticals.
He also held a variety of other positions within the DuPont organization, including Director and General Manager for the European oil and gas business and Vice President and General Counsel of Conoco Canada Limited in Calgary, Canada. Mr. Pelzer has held a number of directorships including PhRMA, Novartis US, Idenix Pharmaceuticals and Litebook Company. He was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of Alberta, Canada, and as Solicitor in England and Wales. Mr. Pelzer holds degrees in Commerce and in Law from the University of Alberta.