Lilly goes in-house for new U.S. prez

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Eli Lilly has promoted David Ricks, currently general manager of Lilly China, to president, Lilly USA. Ricks is succeeding Enrique Conterno, who was named leader of Lilly's new diabetes business unit as part of the company’s reorganization.

Ricks, a 13-year Lilly veteran, worked in the U.S. affiliate from 1998 to 2002 as a marketing manager and then as a district sales manager. Most recently, he served as general manager of Lilly Canada from 2005 to 2008, and as general manager of China since July 2008.

Ricks will report directly to Bryce Carmine, recently named head of the established markets business unit, and will assume his new role beginning Nov. 1. Eric Baclet, currently vice president of marketing over global neuroscience brands, will succeed Ricks to lead Lilly China.