Sanofi appoints David Meeker as CEO of Genzyme

Meeker joined Massachusetts biotech in 1994

PARIS — Sanofi has appointed David Meeker as CEO of Genzyme, the French drug maker said.

Sanofi bought the Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech manufacturer for $20.1 billion earlier this year.

"After working closely with David over the past six months, I am confident that he is the best person to lead Genzyme," Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher said. "David's commitment to employees, physicians and patients has been a key success factor in the successful integration of Genzyme as part of the Sanofi Group."

Meeker began working for Genzyme in 1994 and was appointed COO in 2009. He will assume the position on Nov. 1.

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