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How Sanofi got rid of its chief exec

Chris Viehbacher was fired at a dawn board meeting, with the 'mess in Brazil' cited as one of the reasons
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 05:50
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Mr Viehbacher's forthright and single-minded style had helped him see through the US$20 billion takeover of US-based Genzyme three years ago.

Paris

CHRIS Viehbacher speaks plainly. "We had somewhat of a mess in Brazil, so that's why I decided to change management," he told financial analysts in August 2013.

Fifteen months later, he has gone the same way as the Brazilian employees he sacked so decisively - fired as chief