Michael has a broad and international background in general management, sales, marketing, business development, new product planning and eBusiness. Michael has lived and worked in Germany, USA, Japan, Korea, France and Italy. He is fluent in English, German and French with a basic knowledge of Japanese and Korean.
Michael began his career working at Hoechst in Germany, where he quickly moved into roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President & CEO of Hoechst Marion Roussel Korea. In 1999, Michael moved to the US and had a variety of global roles at Aventis Pharma, including business development, eBusiness and global marketing. From 2001 to 2002, Michael led the global launch of Lantus (insulin glargine), which today is the leading insulin brand with global sales of over $7B. In 2002, Michael moved to Japan as head of the Diabetes business unit. In 2005, after the acquisition of Aventis by Sanofi, Michael took responsibility for marketing of the full portfolio of products. Under his leadership Sanofi launch Plavix, currently the largest pharmaceutical brand in Japan.
In 2007, Michael joined Wyeth in the US as Vice President, New Business and Global Business Manager for BMP-2 for the BioPharma BU. He later became Vice President, U.S. Marketing for Relistor, before assuming the position as President of Wyeth in Japan.
After the integration of Pfizer and Wyeth, Michael was appointed as Regional President Asia Pacific for Specialty Care, a position he held until June 2012. From June 2012 – December 2013 Michael was the Regional President, Europe for Pfizer Specialty Care and the chair of the European Management Team, with direct responsibility for $5.2B in revenue and approximately 1900 employees. He was also the chair of the European Management Team.
From 2014-2015, Michael was the Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Development for Pfizer’s Global Innovative Pharma Business, before assuming his current role as Global President, Rare Diseases at Pfizer.
Michael, a native German, studied in Germany, France and the US. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the Koblenz School of Corporate Management in Germany, both with summa cum laude.
He currently lives in New York with his wife Kyung-Ae and daughter Victoria.