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Richard Zhang, MBA
Head of Communications, Novartis Consumer Health, China - Beijing, China

Richard Zhang

With 15 years of proven experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in China and North America for Fortune Global 500 companies and large organizations, specializing in integrated pharmaceutical and healthcare communications, healthcare product marketing strategy, brand management, medical strategy, medical education and doctor liaison, Richard Zhang, MBA, MD is currently working as the Head of Communications for Novartis Consumer Health in Beijing.

Prior to his current position, Richard has held managerial positions in corporate communications at Novartis China and Ruder Finn Healthcare Communications in Beijing for about ten years as well as marketing communications positions for three years at non-profit management in Canada. With a unique background crosses an array of disciplines from medical sciences, to medical strategy, pharmaceutical marketing and NGOs, to public relations, government relations, public affairs and e-Marketing, Richard Zhang is well positioned and well known in the field as a pharmaceutical marketing communications strategist. Richard enjoys outdoors events; he was a member of the all-Chinese Dragon Boat team for the 2012 Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival which is the largest festival in North America with over 200 teams participating. The team was in the top 50 list for the first time in the past five years.

Richard received his Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree from Hebei North University in China, his MBA degree from University of Ottawa in Canada. He also holds two post-graduate certificates in Corporate Communications from Seneca College and Marketing Strategy from York University, both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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