Company news: Genzyme; Bayer; AstraZeneca
Bayer named Philip Blake to lead US operations. Blake becomes senior Bayer representative as the firm contemplates moving its headquarters functions from Robinson, PA to Whippany, NJ, where Blake is based. The company hasn't indicated when a decision will be made, but estimates it could affect about 10% of the 2,700 employees in the Pittsburgh area. Blake takes over from Greg Babe who is retiring. Blake's previous senior posts include heading up Canadian subsidiary Bayer, Inc. and leading Bayer Healthcare in Canada. He has been with the company for more than 30 years.
AstraZeneca's plant in Sodertalje, Sweden will house 400 fewer employees, reported the Local. The news source noted that these layoffs are not new cuts – the company told the publication that the 400 jobs were part of the 1,100 layoffs that were announced in February. The Local said the job cuts affect a variety of positions, including lawyers and personnel, but the majority of the 400 jobs are among employees who maintain labs and machines.