Board of Directors
Göran Ando, Chairman of the board
Göran Ando, MD, is chairman of the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S. Dr Ando was CEO of Celltech Group plc, UK, until 2004. He joined Celltech from Pharmacia, now Pfizer, US, where he was executive vice president and president of R&D with additional responsibilities for manufacturing, IT, business development and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) from 1995 to 2003.
From 1989 to 1995, Dr Ando was medical director, moving to deputy R&D director and then R&D director of Glaxo Group, UK. He was also a member of the Glaxo Group Executive Committee.
Dr Ando is a specialist in general medicine and a founding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in the US. Dr Ando serves as chairman of the board of Symphogen A/S, Denmark and as a board member of Novo A/S, Denmark, Molecular Partners AG, Switzerland, Archimedes Pharma, UK and RAND Health, US. Dr Ando also serves as a Senior Advisor to Essex Woodlands Health Ventures Ltd., UK.
Dr Ando qualified as a medical doctor at Linköping Medical University, Sweden, in 1973 and as a specialist in general medicine at the same institution in 1978.
Dr Ando was first elected to the Board of Novo Nordisk A/S in 2005 and has been re-elected several times, most recently in 2013. Dr Ando became vice chairman of the Novo Nordisk A/S Board in 2006 and chairman in 2013. His term as a board member expires in March 2014.
In March 2013, the Board of Directors of Novo Nordisk A/S assessed that Dr Ando is not regarded as an independent board member as defined in Section 5.4.1 of the Recommendations on Corporate Governance designated by NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen (2011) due to his membership of the Board of Novo A/S.
Dr Ando became chairman of the Nomination Committee at Novo Nordisk A/S in April 2013.
In January 2013, the Board of Directors assessed that the special competences possessed by Dr Ando that are important for the performance of his duties are his medical qualifications and extensive executive background within the international pharmaceutical industry.
Dr Ando is a male Swedish national, born March 1949.