William M. Burns

CV as per end of term

Personal Data

Nationality: British
Year of Birth: 1947


University Strathclyde, Bachelor of Art (Honours Degree)

Professional Career

  • 1969-1986
    Beecham Pharmaceuticals
  • 1986-1988
    Director of Sales & Marketing, Roche UK
  • 1988-1991
    Head of Pharmaceuticals Division, Roche UK
  • 1991-1998
    Global Head of Strategic Marketing & Business Development, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Basel
  • 1998-2000
    Head of Pharma Europe/International
  • 2000
    Member of the Corporate Executive Committee of the Roche Group
  • 2001
    Head of the Pharmaceuticals Division
  • 2002
    Board Member of Chugai Pharmaceuticals, Japan (Roche Subsidiary)
  • 2004
    Board Member of Genentech, USA (Roche Subsidiary)
  • 2005-2009
    Chief Executive Officer Division Roche Pharmaceuticals

Other activities/memberships

  • Non-executive Director, Shire PLC
  • Non-executive Director, Biotie Therapies
  • Chairman, Masters Pharmaceuticals, UK
  • Chairman, Okairos, Italy
  • Non-executive Director, Vestergaard-Frandsen, Switzerland
  • Wellcome Trust, UK, Chairman of Health Innovation Challenge Funding Committee
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Integrated Oncology Center, Bonn / Cologne
  • Chairman of the International Healthcare Advisory Panel of the University of Strathclyde