Sanofi looks outside healthcare for new CFO

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Sanofi-Aventis has appointed Jérôme Contamine as executive vice president (VP) and chief financial officer (CFO), effective March 16.

Contamine was previously senior executive VP, deputy general manager and CFO of Veolia Environment.

After four years at the Cour des Comptes as a senior state general auditor, he joined Elf Aquitaine in 1988, as adviser to the CFO, and became group finance director and treasurer in 1991. He became the general manager of Elf Petroleum Norway in 1995, after being named deputy VP of Elf Upstream Division for Europe and the U.S. In 1999, he was appointed head of the taskforce for integration with Total, in charge of the reorganization of the merged entity, TotalFinaElf, and became, in 2000, VP of Europe and Central Asia for Upstream Division of Total. That same year, he joined Vivendi.

"Jérôme will be deeply involved in the simplification of our operational structures to adapt our Group to future challenges," said Chris Viehbacher, CEO of sanofi-aventis.