EVP and President, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit, AstraZeneca
Ruud was appointed President and EVP, BioPharmaceuticals Business Unit in January 2019 and is responsible for US and Global product strategy and commercial delivery for Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism (CVRM) and Respiratory diseases. Prior to this, Ruud held the role of EVP, North America since August 2016. Ruud joined Astra in 1997 and has held various senior commercial and leadership roles, including as EVP, Europe, Regional Vice-President of AstraZeneca’s European, Middle East and African division, Regional Vice-President for the Asia Pacific region and Interim Executive Vice-President, Global Product and Portfolio Strategy.
Ruud was a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and was previously Chairman of the Asia division of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Holding a doctorate in immunology from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, Ruud began his career as a scientist, researching in the field of immunology and ageing.