FORMER PRESIDENT, NOVARTIS CORPORATION
Robert Pelzer is the former president of Novartis Corporation. As president, Pelzer was responsible for the Novartis Group Companies in North America and the Novartis US Foundation. He previously served as general counsel and head of legal services for Novartis. Prior to joining Novartis in 2002, Pelzer served as general counsel of DuPont Pharmaceuticals and served as its senior vice president.
He also held a variety of other positions within the DuPont organization, including director and general manager for the European oil and gas business and vice president and general counsel of Conoco Canada Limited in Calgary, Canada. Pelzer served on the board of directors of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc.