Joerg Reinhardt, Ph.D., Board Chair

Joerg Reinhardt, Ph.D.

Chair since 2013

Nationality: German | Year of birth: 1956

Joerg Reinhardt is a healthcare industry veteran whose career spans nearly 40 years. After receiving his doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, Mr. Reinhardt joined Sandoz Pharma Ltd., a predecessor to Novartis, in 1982. He held a number of senior leadership positions at Novartis, including Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Vaccines and Diagnostics Division. Additionally, he led Bayer HealthCare AG as chair of the board of management and the executive committee from 2010 to 2013.

Professional experience

  • Chair of the board of management and the executive committee, Bayer HealthCare AG, Germany (2010–2013)
  • Chief Operating Officer, Novartis AG, Switzerland (2008–2010)
  • Head of the Vaccines and Diagnostics Division, Novartis AG, Switzerland (2006–2008)
  • Various managerial positions at Sandoz Pharma Ltd. and Novartis AG, Switzerland (1982–2006)


  • Senate member, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
  • Chair of the board of trustees, Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel (IOB), Switzerland
  • Chair of the board of trustees, Novartis Foundation, Switzerland
  • Board member, Swiss Re AG, Switzerland
  • Member of the European Advisory Panel, Temasek Holdings Private Ltd., Singapore
  • Board member, Lonza Group AG, Switzerland (2012–2013)
  • Chair, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, US (2000–2010)


  • Doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, Saarland University, Germany

Key skills

  • Medicine/healthcare/R&D
  • Leadership/management
  • Law/regulatory/risk management