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Takeda Announces Appointment of New President of U.S. Business Unit

April 13, 2015

Deerfield, Ill., April 13, 2015 – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”), and Takeda’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (“TPUSA”) announced today that Ramona Sequeira will join TPUSA as President of the United States (U.S.) Business Unit. In this role, Sequeira will lead all business operations for the U.S., and will report to Christophe Weber, the President & Chief Executive Officer of Takeda.

“The U.S. is a critical market for Takeda’s future growth, and I am confident that with her strong commercial experience and knowledge of the U.S. healthcare environment, Ramona is the right person to lead this important business unit and play a key role on my leadership team,” said Weber. “Her more than 20 years of leadership experience and track record of success across multiple healthcare markets, as well as her demonstrated passion for patient centricity, will serve as a critical foundation during Takeda’s global transformation.”

Sequeira brings extensive leadership experience across multiple therapy areas including neuroscience, specialty and primary care, and several regions including the U.S., Canada and UK. Her most recent role was as Vice President, Lilly USA at Eli Lilly and Company. Previous to that, she was the General Manager of Lilly’s UK Hub. Sequeira joins Takeda with a reputation and passion for driving external and internal excellence, from building brands and driving profitable growth, to cultivating high-performing teams.

Sequeira received an Honors Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto, and also earned a MBA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She will assume the role as TPUSA president on June 1. She will be relocating from her current home in Indianapolis, IN to Deerfield, IL.

About Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine.

The company has a commercial presence covering around 70 countries, with particular strength in Asia, North America, Europe and fast-growing emerging markets including Latin America, Russia-CIS and China. Takeda is ranked 15th globally. Areas of focus include cardiovascular and metabolic, oncology, respiratory and immunology, central nervous system, general medicine, and vaccines.

Through the integration of Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Nycomed, Takeda has been transforming itself, broadening its therapeutic expertise and geographic outreach.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. is located in Deerfield, Ill., and is the U.S. marketing and sales organization of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.

Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website, www.takeda.com, and additional information about Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. is available through its website, www.takeda.us.

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Sandy Rodriguez
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
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Jeffrey Cross
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
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