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International Pharmaceutical Federation

International Pharmaceutical Federation CEO resigns

The chief executive of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has announced his resignation.

Luc Besançon will end his tenure as CEO of the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists on 1 November 2017, and he said he intends to pursue other leadership roles in the global health arena.

Besançon said: “It has been my great privilege and pleasure to have worked with so many inspirational volunteers, whose passion for our profession is the strongest asset of FIP. Key projects preparing FIP for a bright future are now well engaged. As I am considering the next step in my career, it seems that this would be the appropriate time for me to resign from my position as the FIP CEO.”

The FIP represents more than three million practitioners and scientists around the world through its 139 member organisations.

FIP president Carmen Peña said: “Luc resumed the responsibilities as CEO at a time of significant challenges after the unexpected passing of Mr Ton Hoek. During his tenure, Luc effectively led development of new member services and strengthened important relationships with key global health stakeholders such as the World Health Organization. He has been a tremendous asset to FIP, and we wish him the very best.”

A transition team has been formed to guide the global search for the new FIP CEO and the posted job announcement can be found at

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20203276

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