(Adds detail about departing CEO, Gilead confirmation)
By Cristina Roca
Roche Holding on Monday said it has appointed a new chief executive for its Roche Pharmaceuticals business to replace the current CEO, who is leaving the company to head Gilead Sciences.
The Swiss pharmaceuticals company said Monday that CEO Daniel O'Day will step down as of Dec. 31, and that it is appointing William Anderson to the post effective Jan. 1.
Separately on Monday, Gilead said in a press release that it has appointed Mr. O'Day as chief executive and chairman of its board effective March 1. The U.S. biopharmaceutical company named Gregg Alton interim CEO for the period between Jan. 1 and Mr. O'Day's start date.
Roche said Mr. Anderson will also join its corporate executive committee.
Mr. Anderson is currently chief executive of Genentech, a Roche subsidiary company. He has worked for Roche since 2006.
Separately, Roche said it was proposing Hans Clevers for election to its board of directors. Mr. Clevers is a professor of molecular genetics at University Medical Center Utrecht, the company said.
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