Sanofi-Aventis shifts Cressida Ward to global CSR role

Sanofi-Aventis is moving its UK comms chief to a newly created global role aimed at boosting the drugs giant's corporate social responsibility activity.

CSR initiatives: part of Ward's new role
CSR initiatives: part of Ward's new role

Longstanding communications director Cressida Ward is to move to the firm's global headquarters in Paris next month to take up the director of communications, CSR role.

She will report to acting vice-president, image and reputation, Mathilde Durif, and the senior vice-president of CSR Gilles Lhernould.

Ward previously reported to managing director Steve Oldfield.

In her new role, Ward will have responsibility for the firm's overall CSR activity, which includes access to medicines, donations, charity work and sustainable development. She said: 'I will be looking at what the company is doing in CSR and aim to promote the activity that it is doing globally.'

Ward has been in the top UK comms position at Sanofi-Aventis since 2001. She joined Sanofi-Synthelabo, prior to its merger with Aventis in 2004, from rival drugs firm Pfizer. She was promoted to comms director in 2005, when she became a member of the leadership team.

Earlier this year, the firm committed EUR1m in financial aid to long-term reconstruction and the rehabilitation of the population in Haiti. Teams from Sanofi-Aventis worked with the authorities and teams on the ground following the earthquake, donating medicines and vaccines.

Additionally, in April 2009, the firm donated medical equipment to Zundao Community Hospital following an earthquake in Sichuan, China.

Sanofi-Aventis is currently recruiting for Ward's UK replacement.

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