LILLY UK has announced Dr Jean-Michel Cosséry as its new managing director.

Dr Cosséry, who is also vice-president of the UK affiliate and the Northern Europe Geographic Hub, has replaced Ramona Sequeira, who has been the UK managing director for the past three years.

She has returned to the United States to take on a new role at Lilly’s Corporate Centre in Indianapolis.

Dr Cosséry was previously vice-president and chief marketing officer at GE Healthcare, which is an £18billion division of General Electric.

Dr Cosséry began his career as a researcher in neurosciences at the National Institute of Health in America, after completing his PharmD and PhD Pharmacology in Paris.

He said: “I’m delighted at this opportunity to join Lilly in this role, because I share the company’s commitment to the patient and its dedication to innovation and research.

“The next few years will be a challenging time for the UK pharmaceutical industry, but I have every confidence in Lilly’s ability to deliver on the promise of its pipeline.”