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Rodney Gillespie: LEAD360 Executive Advisor

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Rodney Gillespie is a Global executive with broad leadership experience. He is currently the Vice President, Oncology Sales & Marketing, Solid Tumor at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Before joining JNJ, Rodney had a thirteen-year tenure with AstraZeneca. Rodney commenced in the United States where he held a number of senior roles in managed markets, marketing and sales leadership, before assuming posts in the UK and in South Africa. He has successfully led global product and brand teams in driving product launch performance in the US and Europe. Rodney has led the commercial strategy implementation as Commercial Head for Astra-Zeneca’s International region Diabetes portfolio where he worked closely with emerging markets to successfully launch multiple brands.

Through his role as Country President AstraZeneca in South Africa, a position held from 2016 through mid 2019, Rodney had overall responsibility for the P&L, strategy and direction of the company and has developed a deep understanding and insight into South Africa’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. He has secured partnerships with various stakeholders including the National Department of Health to advance healthcare access for patients with respiratory disease as well as cancer. Rodney has led the strong growth of the Growth Platform of products, with highlights around Symbicord and Pulmicord growing faster than the market, double digit growth of the Dexes in Oncology and one of the best launches of Forxiga, for diabetes, in the world. He has also led launch excellence of innovative oncology products for emerging markets, helping AZ to put a stake as a leader in the fight against cancer in key markets across the globe.

Rodney has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce & Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and Masters of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Rodney has a passion for participating in activities/organizations that allow him to give back to disadvantaged communities and kids. Rodney is on the Board of Directors for The American International School of South Africa and is a member the South African Chapter and London Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He is also a member of the London Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi.

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