Dr. George Gunn
Chief Executive Officer Novartis Animal Health Division
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Novartis Corporation
George Gunn is Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Animal Health and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Novartis Corporation, a role he took in April 2011. Prior to that he was Chief Executive Officer of the Novartis Consumer Health Division with responsibility for Novartis Animal Health, Novartis OTC (Over the Counter) and Ciba Vision. He took on the NCH role in 2008 and prior to that he held the role of Chief Executive Officer Novartis Animal Health, which he took on in 2004. He joined the company as Head of Novartis Animal Health US, Inc., and Region Head North America in 2003.
A veterinarian by education, Mr. Gunn has spent more than 25 years in Animal Health Industry. Prior to joining Novartis, he spent three years as President of Pharmacia Animal Health, Pharmacia Corporation’s global animal health business. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1986 and worked there until he moved to Pharmacia in 2000. Gunn began his career with Johnson & Johnson as Technical Manager Animal Health in the UK and went on to hold senior commercial positions in UK and Europe for Janssen Animal Health. He moved within Johnson & Johnson to work in senior management roles in Human Pharmaceuticals (Janssen and Janssen-Cilag), Consumer Health (Janssen, Janssen-Cilag), and Consumer Nutritionals (McNeil). Previously, Mr. Gunn worked for three years as a veterinarian in general practice and for six years as field veterinarian for UK Ministry of Agriculture.
Mr. Gunn received the Pharmacia Chairman’s Leadership award in 2002 and the Novartis Excellence award for Talent Development in 2007. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary State Medicine, both from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, UK. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. In 2008, Mr. Gunn received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh.