Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Names Vice President of Human Resources and Administration

January 8, 2007

Deerfield, Ill. (January 8, 2007) – Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., announced today that Laurene Bentel has been named vice president of human resources and administration. As a member of the executive team, she will be responsible for all aspects of human resources as well as the security department for Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. and Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. In addition, she will consult with and provide guidance to all human resources functions at Takeda San Diego. She is also responsible for supporting and guiding the unique Takeda culture and assuring employee satisfaction.

“Laurene has played a key role in building our human resources function, which has a direct impact on Takeda’s competitive edge by ensuring we attract, develop and retain highly talented individuals,” said Mark Booth, president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. “We look forward to Laurene taking on this new role and her continued success with Takeda.”

Prior to being named vice president, Bentel served as senior director of compensation, benefits and human resource information systems at Takeda where she led units responsible for the design, implementation, and administration of compensation, benefits, and human resource information systems. Bentel joined Takeda from Grant Thornton where she served as the director of human resources for the corporate office. While there, Bentel was responsible for coordinating human resource programs, policies and employee benefit plans.

Previously, Bentel worked at Apollo Travel Services, where she held positions as controller and corporate manager of operation plans. In these roles, Bentel managed capital and expense planning and was also responsible for building, implementing and improving other planning processes. She also analyzed profitability among Apollo’s product lines and built strategic plans for new business ventures.

Bentel earned a bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University and a master's of business administration degree from the Arizona State University.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
Based in Deerfield, Ill., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan. In the United States, Takeda currently markets products for oral diabetes, insomnia, wakefulness and gastroenterology. Through the Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. the company has a robust pipeline with compounds in development for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions. Takeda is committed to striving toward better health for individuals and progress in medicine by developing superior pharmaceutical products. To learn more about the company and its products, visit www.tpna.com .

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