Johnson & Johnson has announced two executive appointments: Sheri McCoy, currently worldwide chairman, surgical care group, has been appointed worldwide chairman, pharmaceuticals group, effective January 1, 2009. McCoy succeeds Christine Poon, who announced plans to retire from the company on March 1, 2009. Alex Gorsky, currently company group chairman and worldwide franchise chairman, Ethicon, Inc., will assume McCoy's position of worldwide chairman, surgical care group, on January 1. Gorsky will also become a member of the executive committee.
Horizon Therapeutics, a late-stage biopharma focused on the development and commercialization of pain and arthritis therapies, has announced the hiring of Robert De Vaere as executive vice president and chief financial officer. De Vaere was previously SVP, finance and administration and CFO at IDM Pharma.