Susanne Schaffert, Ph.D., is a non-executive independent member of our Board of Directors since 12 June 2023, and is the former Global President, Novartis Oncology, and a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Schaffert has dedicated her career at Novartis to helping patients live longer, better lives. Before assuming her role as President of Novartis Oncology, Dr. Schaffert served as Chairperson and President of Advanced Accelerator Applications since its acquisition by Novartis in January 2018. Prior to this, Dr. Schaffert was the Head of Region Europe at Novartis Oncology, where she was responsible for leading Novartis’ Oncology Business Unit in the European Region, marketing key products in lung, breast and renal cancer, as well as hematology and coordinating the entire Oncology operations for EU countries.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Schaffert served as the Head of Investor Relations for Novartis Group and prior thereto, she served as the Novartis Global Franchise Head for Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Schaffert first joined Novartis Germany in 1995 as a sales representative, and she has held a series of positions in Sales & Marketing with increasing responsibilities in both national and global functions.
Dr. Schaffert has experience from various Boards and Committees, and beyond serving Galapagos NV as non-executive independent Board member, she is also an independent non-executive Director on the Board of Incyte Corporation, a Board member and member of the Advisory Group at Novo Holdings in Denmark and serves as independent Board Director on the boards of ARTBio, US and Vetter Pharma, Germany.
Dr. Schaffert holds an M.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. with honors in Organic Chemistry from University of Erlangen (Germany).