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Giles Platford
President, Europe and Canada Business Unit

Giles Platford is President of Europe & Canada for Takeda. He is also a Corporate Officer and a member of Takeda’s Executive Team reporting to the Company’s CEO & President.

A seasoned industry leader with over 15 years of pharmaceutical experience, Giles was formerly President of Emerging Markets for Takeda, where he oversaw the launch of Takeda’s innovative pipeline across the region, and led the design and roll-out of Takeda’s global Access to Medicines program.

Previously Giles headed the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region where he strengthened controls and compliance whilst re-engineering the business for growth. He also held various leadership positions including General Manager Brazil, where he transformed Takeda into a top 10 pharma industry player, being externally recognised for the first time as one of the country’s top employers and best companies to work for.

Before joining Takeda in 2009, Giles spent eight years in Asia Pacific, where he assumed a number of Business Development, Commercial and General Management roles.

A UK national, Giles holds a BA Honors degree in Business and Marketing Management from Oxford Brookes University. 

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