– UK, Chippenham – Alliance Pharma plc (LON: APH), the international healthcare group, today announced the appointment of Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt and Richard McKenzie to its Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect.
“I am delighted to welcome Eva-Lotta and Richard to the Board and look forward to their contribution to support the delivery of our growth strategy. Eva-Lotta will bring significant additional global consumer expertise from her various senior executive leadership roles, and Richard will bring significant additional strategic and operational expertise, particularly in our important China market.” said Board Chair, Jo LeCouilliard.
About Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt
Eva-Lotta has in-depth knowledge of global consumer retail, supply chain, and digital transformation and has held leadership roles in consumer-facing industries across Europe, Japan, China, and the USA.
From 2016 to 2018, Eva-Lotta was CEO of Georg Jensen, the luxury jewelry and Scandinavian design brand, where she led a global team of 1,400 to implement an omnichannel turnaround in retail networks. Before this Eva-Lotta was CEO at Karstadt, a chain of premium department stores in Germany with a strong e-commerce presence. She started her career at IKEA, establishing the business in Japan where she worked for four years before becoming CEO of IKEA Netherlands and then Deputy Global Retail Manager. In this role, she was responsible for IKEA’s global multi-channel strategy and the implementation of its on and offline experiences throughout the entire global value chain.
Eva-Lotta is currently a NED at FTSE-250 listed Tritax Eurobox, which operates, manages, and invests in real estate assets across Continental Europe. Eva-Lotta joined the Board of Tritax Eurobox in 2019 and she Chairs the ESG committee and sits on the Nomination and Management Engagement committees. She is a member of the Board of ELISA Oyj, a digital services and telecommunications company listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Metro AG, a German wholesale food specialist operating in 35 countries.
We believe that Eva-Lotta’s experience will strengthen the European dimension of the Alliance Board while providing valuable e-commerce and multi-channel experience.
About Richard McKenzie
Richard has international e-commerce, distribution, supply chain, and logistics experience in the consumer, retail, and technology sectors, along with particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific region having lived and worked in mainland China for 10 years.
From 2019 to 2023, Richard was Chief Commercial Officer and latterly President (Europe and Asia) for Ocado Solutions, driving the growth of this leading grocery e-commerce platform globally. During his tenure at Ocado Solutions, Richard led major new deals with distributors in Korea, Japan, Spain, and Poland, and redesigned the B2B organization of the business. Before this, Richard was a strategy consultant for OC&C in London and China, building the company’s presence in Asia-Pacific, before becoming a Senior Partner for the Consumer Goods and Retail practice of Oliver Wyman in Asia-Pacific. During this time, he built extensive experience of the retail consumer market in China, and Asia-Pacific more broadly.
Richard is currently a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company.
Alliance Pharma plc is an international healthcare group. Our purpose is to improve the lives of consumers and patients by making available a range of clinically valuable healthcare products.
Our core focus is on marketing Consumer Healthcare brands, complemented by a smaller Prescription Medicines business. In total, we hold marketing rights to around 80 brands, with revenues generated from a mix of direct, distributor, and e-commerce sales.
Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs around 250 people based in locations across Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. By outsourcing our manufacturing and logistics operations, we remain asset-light and focused on maximizing the value of our brands.
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