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Takeda Announces Candidates for Board of Directors at Upcoming Shareholders Meeting

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Takeda (TOKYO:4502/NYSE:TAK) today announced that its Board of Directors decided on March 26, 2024 (CET) to propose candidates for Board of Directors at the 148th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 26, 2024.

Mr. Milano Furuta, currently president of the Japan Pharma Business Unit (JPBU), will succeed Mr. Constantine Saroukos as chief financial officer (CFO) effective April 1, 2024. Takeda will propose Mr. Furuta as a new candidate for board director at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders. If approved by shareholders, Mr. Furuta will join the Board effective June 26, 2024.

Mr. Constantine Saroukos, who expressed his intention to retire as CFO, will leave the Board on June 26, 2024 upon the expiration of his term.

Candidates for Directors Who Are Not Audit and Supervisory Committee Members

Name

Category

Expected Role

Christophe Weber

Internal

Existing

Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Plump

Internal

Existing

Director, President, Research & Development

Milano Furuta

Internal

New

Director, Chief Financial Officer

Masami Iijima

External

Existing

External Director, Chair of the Board Meeting

Olivier Bohuon

External

Existing

External Director

Ian Clark

External

Existing

External Director

Steven Gillis

External

Existing

External Director

John Maraganore

External

Existing

External Director

Michel Orsinger

External

Existing

External Director

Miki Tsusaka

External

Existing

External Director

Emiko Higashi

External

New

External Director

The tenure for non-Audit and Supervisory Committee director is one year.

Candidates for Directors Who Are Audit and Supervisory Committee Members

Name

Category

Expected Role

Koji Hatsukawa

External

Existing

External Director, Audit and Supervisory Committee Member

Yoshiaki Fujimori

External

Existing

External Director, Audit and Supervisory Committee Member

Kimberly A. Reed

External

Existing

External Director, Audit and Supervisory Committee Member

Jean-Luc Butel

External

New

External Director, Audit and Supervisory Committee Member

The tenure for Audit and Supervisory Committee director is two years.

Note:

  1. The role of the directors will be determined at the Board of Directors meeting and the Audit and Supervisory Committee meeting to be held after the 148th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
  2. The members of the Nomination Committee and Compensation Committee will be discussed and determined at the Board of Directors meeting to be held after the 148th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
  3. Ms. Asuka Miyabashira, currently head of the Neuroscience Business Unit within JPBU, will assume the role of president of JPBU, effective April 1, 2024.

About Takeda
Takeda is focused on creating better health for people and a brighter future for the world. We aim to discover and deliver life-transforming treatments in our core therapeutic and business areas, including gastrointestinal and inflammation, rare diseases, plasma-derived therapies, oncology, neuroscience and vaccines. Together with our partners, we aim to improve the patient experience and advance a new frontier of treatment options through our dynamic and diverse pipeline. As a leading values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, we are guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Our employees in approximately 80 countries and regions are driven by our purpose and are grounded in the values that have defined us for more than two centuries. For more information, visit www.takeda.com.

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Brendan Jennings
brendan.jennings@takeda.com
+81 80-2705-8259

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