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Fred Hassan
Farid Hassan[1]

(1945-11-12) 12 November 1945 (age 78)
CitizenshipUnited States[2]
Alma materHarvard Business School
Imperial College London
Years active1967–present
Noreen Shah
(m. 1969)

Fred Hassan (born November 12, 1945),[3] is a Pakistan-born American business executive who works for Warburg Pincus and was CEO of three global pharmaceutical companies.

Early life


Hassan was born in Multan, a British Raj city now in Punjab, Pakistan. He is the son of Syed Fida Hassan,[4] a Pakistani statesman who also served as Pakistan's ambassador[5][6] to India. His mother was Zeenat Hassan, a women's rights advocate.[4]

In 1967, Hassan graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London.[7] After working in the fertilizer industry with an affiliate of the Delaware-based company Hercules Inc., he enrolled at Harvard and obtained an MBA[7] in 1972. He married Noreen Shah in 1969. They have three children and three grandchildren.





Hassan was hired by Sandoz, an R+D-based global pharmaceutical company (which later became Novartis, after merging with Ciba-Geigy in 1996), while he was still finishing his MBA at Harvard.[8] Eleven years later, he was asked to turn around the largest operating unit, Sandoz US. During the 80s, Sandoz pioneered its move into immunology, starting first with transplantation (cyclosporine) and later with innovations in cancer. In 1989, he was recruited by American Home Products (AHP)to run their pharmaceutical operation out of Radnor, Pennsylvania.



Hassan played an important role in helping transform AHP, later renamed Wyeth (WYE) from a multi-industry conglomerate to a focused, research and development-driven, health care company incorporating, consumer health care, veterinary, medical devices, and with the Wyeth global pharmaceutical business at its core. In 1991, Hassan company hired Robert Levy, formerly head of the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, to lead its research and development team. Wyeth (WYE), entered into the biotechnology field by buying Genetics Institute in 1991. The company also acquired A.H. Robins in 1989 and American Cyanamid in 1994 to strengthen its global operations. Important innovations (individual blockbuster products with annual sales of over a billion dollars) including Effexor (anti-depressant), Protonix (a proton pump inhibitor for heartburn), Prevnar (a vaccine to prevent ear infections), and Enbrel an anti-inflammatory, and the first powerful biotech to help with joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, came out of these strengthened operations. In 1997, Hassan was asked to take over as CEO of the then failing merger of Pharmacia & Upjohn (PNU).[3]



As CEO of Pharmacia and Upjohn (PNU), Hassan made many changes, including moving its headquarters from the UK to New Jersey.[9] The New York Times called this the "Fred Factor: investors' belief that the man who masterminded American Home Products' ascension can do an encore."[10] Fifteen months after Hassan took charge, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled "Turnaround becomes a reality at Pharmacia and Upjohn".[11] PNU acquired the pre-revenue cancer company Sugen in 1999 for $650 million,[12] which subsequently yielded Sutent, a billion dollar product. In 2000, PNU completed a mega-merger with Monsanto (MON) to become Pharmacia (PHA).[13] In the three years leading to Hassan's next CEO assignment, as head of PHA, PNU's stock value had morphed from $15 billion to $52 billion.[14]



As CEO, and later as chairman and CEO of Pharmacia (PHA), Hassan oversaw the establishment of Celebrex[3] as a large product for pain and inflammation, and the carve-out, followed by a successful initial public offering of the agricultural business under the name "Monsanto" (MON). Monsanto (MON) saw major value expansion and was subsequently acquired by Bayer for $62.5 billion.[15] In July 2002, Pfizer approached PHA with a 44 percent premium and a $62 billion merger was announced. Shortly after the merger closed in April 2003, Hassan took over as chairman and CEO of Schering Plough (SGP), then a struggling pharmaceutical company.



As chairman and CEO of Schering Plough (SGP), Hassan oversaw the resolution of multiple legacy legal, regulatory, research and development and operational challenges and was able to declare a company turnaround by 2005.[16] Products, including Nasonex (allergies), Remicade (inflammation), Temodar (brain cancer), OTC Claritin (allergies), OTC Miralax (laxative), grew strongly in the marketplace. In 2007, Schering Plough acquired Organon,[17] a Dutch company and successful innovations came from Organon's research and development, including Keytruda[18] (cancer), Implanon (long acting contraception) and Bridion[19] (faster recovery from anesthesia). Keytruda,the product from Organon R&D, and acquired by Schering Plough, is expected to become the largest pharmaceutical product in the world by 2024 at an annualized level of $24 billion in sales.[20] In late 2009, Schering Plough merged with Merck & Co (MRK),[21] and Hassan left for Warburg Pincus (WP), a private equity company in New York City.[22] "During Fred's tenure of six and a half years, Schering Plough's stock rose 62 percent, versus a drop of 21 percent for the unweighted basket of six peers."[23][24]



Hassan has played varying roles at Warburg Pincus, including as a Partner and Managing Director. He served as chairman of Bausch and Lomb until its sale to Valeant in August 2013. Hassan served as board member of Time Warner from 2009 until its sale to AT&T in June 2018. As of June 2019, he was a board member of Amgen(AMGN)[25] (biotech), Intrexon(XON) now Precigen(PGEN)[26] (synthetic biology), Modernizing Medicine (Electronic Medical Records), and as of August 31, 2021, was also board member of BridgeBio,[27] Prometheus Biosciences,[28] and chairman of Theramex (a global women's health company, headquartered in London, UK).[29]

Hassan has been chairman of Caret Group of companies under the umbrella headline “Powered by nature... perfected by science™ .”[30] The 4 marketed non-prescription products are IBgard®[31] (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)), FDgard®[32] (for Functional Dyspepsia (Recurring Indigestion)), Fiber Choice®[33] (daily prebiotic chewable fiber) and REMfresh®[34] (advanced non-drug formulation for 7 hour sleep support)). All products are carried by thousands retail stores and are also available online.[35] All four brands were acquired by Nestle Health Science on September 1, 2020.[36][37]



In 1997, Hassan founded Community Hope[38]'s Sparkle of Hope Gala which helps challenged individuals, including homeless veterans, to overcome or manage mental health issues and, where possible, lead a purposeful and stable life.[39] As of 2023, 20 million dollars had been raised to further the organization's goals.[38]

As chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA)[7] (from 2002 to 2003) and president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Associations (IFPMA) (from 2006 to 2009), Hassan led initiatives on voluntary guidelines for promotional practices and for fuller disclosure of clinical trials. In 2003, Hassan participated in work leading to the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D). He worked inside the PhRMA board to start patient assistance programs, and in New Jersey, received appreciation from the Health Care Institute of New Jersey for expediting Rx4NJ in 2006.

He was one of PhRMA's top team members who worked on the Affordable Care Act in 2009.

In 2008, he was asked to be on the "CEO of the Year" Selection Committee by the CEO Group and remains a member.[40]

In 2012, Hassan was the founding participant of RDL (Research & Development Leadership) summit as an ongoing annual forum for Life Sciences R&D leaders, CEOs, and industry specialists, to gather and discuss R&D productivity, innovations and access to medicines.[41]

In 2012 Hassan co-founded "The CEO Forum" with Accenture.[42] In this annual forum, Life Sciences CEOs come together and discuss management strategies. These CEOs typically include those from the highest market capitalization companies in Global Pharmas, Insurance, Global Med Tech, Global online and retail operators, Contract Development and Manufacturing Organizations, and Consumer Health Care Companies.

Companies whose leaders have attended these include Bayer Pharma, Bristol Myers Squibb, Cigna Espress Scripts, CVS Caremark Aetna, Lilly, Merck, Nestle Health Science, Novartis, Pfizer, United Health, and Walgreens Alliance Boots.

Since 1987, Hassan has been frequently sought by media companies to comment on various events on TV and on other platforms. In 2020, he appeared 9 times on TV in this regard.

In July 2021, Hassan was asked by his alma mater Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine to do a keynote at the end of its course for entrepreneurs representing multiple countries.[43]


  • CEO of the Year award, Financial Times (1999)
  • 50 Best CEO's, Worth (1999)
  • America's Best CEO's, Institutional Investor Magazine (2008)
  • CEO of the Year, Scrip (2009)
  • Most profound impact on the world of business in the previous quarter century, CNBC panel (2014)[44]
  • Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Ellerin Award (2015)[45]
  • "Entrepreneur of the Year" (Florida) (2019) [46]
  • "Lifetime Achievement in Governance," NACD New Jersey Chapter (2023)



Book: * 2013 – "Reinvent, A Leaders Playbook for Serial Success"[47]

Articles in Harvard Business Review:

  • 2003 – "In Search of Global Leaders"[48]
  • 2006 – "Leading Change from the Topline"[49]
  • 2011 – "The Frontline Advantage"[50]
  • 2013 – "So You Want to Be a CEO. Start Here", J. Lublin, WSJ [51]
  • 2018 – "The big bang is coming to healthcare, and it will speak the next industrial revolution" – CNBC[52]
  • 2019 – "The Rule of Three" (the concept of distilling lists to the three items that matter most); Fred Hassan, CEO Magazine[53]
  • 2020 – The Arc of Leadership, JP Donlon, NACD Directorship Magazine (September/October)[54] The pictures of the 4 CEOs in the print edition mentioned Mr. Harold S. Geneen ("strict central control leader"), Mr. Welch ("value enhancer and Neutron Jack"), Mr. Mullaly ("executed Ford turnaround") and Mr. Hassan ("Innovation CEO")
  • 2020 – "Modern Bioscience Has Risen to the Challenge. Now It's Our Turn"; Chief Executive Magazine, Fred Hassan[55]
  • 2020 - "White Paper - How Biopharma Commercial and R&D Can Partner to Accelerate Digital Innovation"; Bright Insight[56]
  • 2021 – "Carlyle, Warburg join $123m series D round in Chinese biotech firm Abbisko"; Tech in Asia, Miguel Cordon[57] "'Warburg Pincus, with a long history of investing in life sciences globally, will leverage its network to help the company to accelerate global partnership and global clinical development,' Fred Hassan, a board member of American biopharmaceutical company Amgen, commented on behalf of Warburg Pincus."
  • 2021 - "Digital Transformation: A Journey, Not Just a Destination"; Michael Wong, Pharmaceutical Executive Digital[58]
  • 2021 - "Why Bioscience Will Increasingly Call The Plays", Fred Hassan & Göran Ando, Life Science Leader[59]
  • 2021 - "Fred Hassan Proves Big Pharma Can Have A Big Heart", IBTimes[60]
  • 2021 - "Fred Hassan's PE Portco Playbook: 'Make The Culture Your Competitive Weapon,' Chief Executive Net[61]
  • 2022 - "Lose The Sale, Not Your Integrity," IB Times[62]
  • 2022 - "Fred Hassan on Leading Through Mind-Bending Torque Change", Chief Executive Net [63]
  • 2023 - "Veteran CEO and Director Fred Hassan - Ask The Tough Questions," Corporate Board Member[64]
  • 2024 - "Amplify Your Bandwidth - The Present Gen CEO Playbook," Chief Executive Net[65]



Fred Hassan Orangerie – Farleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey: 2014[66]

Newark Academy Sports Center; New Jersey:2003



Being an innovation oriented business leader, Fred Hassan has an extensive record of patents. The USPTO lists these patents (already granted as well as pending).[67]


  1. ^ Simons, John (September 15, 2003). "Is it too late to save Schering?". Fortune. Vol. 148, no. 5. p. 145. Archived from the original on July 25, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
  2. ^ "Schedule 13D/A". Securities and Exchange Commission. March 31, 2000. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Breitstein, Joanna (October 2007). "Being Fred Hassan".
  4. ^ a b "Fred Hassan: I'm an Unusual Leader". Archived from the original on 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  5. ^ "India Greets Pakistani". The New York Times. 25 July 1976.
  6. ^ SYND 25 7 76 PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR MEETS INDIAN PRESIDENT, RE-ESTABLISHES RELATIONS. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-09.
  7. ^ a b c "Fred Hassan". CNBC. 20 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Off Script – Alumni – Harvard Business School". www.alumni.hbs.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  9. ^ Freudenheim, Milt (14 October 1997). "Pharmacia's Headquarters to Go to U.S. From Britain". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Morrow, David J. (4 October 1998). "PRIVATE SECTOR; Sweetening a Bitter Pill at Upjohn". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Tanouye, Elyse (30 October 1998). "Turnaround becomes a reality at Pharmacia & Upjohn; drug maker's profit nearly triples, and stock is up over 50% in past year.(Company Profile)". The Wall Street Journal Western Edition: B4(E). Archived from the original on March 17, 2022 – via Trove.
  12. ^ CBS.MarketWatch.com. "Pharmacia & Upjohn to buy Sugen for $650 million". Archived from the original on 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  13. ^ "Monsanto, P&U deal OK'd - Mar. 23, 2000".
  14. ^ Hassan, Fred. Reinvent “A Leader’s Playbook for Serial Success, pg 25, 2013
  15. ^ Dwyer, Joe (June 5, 2018) [June 4, 2018]. "Monsanto-Bayer closing date set". St. Louis Business Journal.
  16. ^ "#120 Fred Hassan - Forbes.com". www.forbes.com. Archived from the original on 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2017-08-28.
  17. ^ "Schering-Plough to Buy Organon for $14 Billion". Forbes.
  18. ^ "Meet the Dutch Scientists who Invented Keytruda, "The President's Drug"". 24 July 2018.
  19. ^ "The Development and Regulatory History of Sugammadex in the United States".
  20. ^ Johnathan Weber, December 4, 2020, Analysts Priject
  21. ^ "Merck Merger and Schering-Plough Merger" (PDF). November 3, 2009 – via s21.q4cdn.com.
  22. ^ "Warburg Pincus | A Leading Global Private Equity Firm". October 10, 2019.
  23. ^ Professor Ram Charan: Reinvent: XVII
  24. ^ SGP proxy statement peers over the period 4/25/03 to 11/3/09 (Abbot, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly and Company, Merck & Co, Pfizer) All numbers are operating (i.e., non-GAAP) numbers.
  25. ^ "Amgen Announces Appointment Of Fred Hassan To Board Of Directors". www.prnewswire.com.
  26. ^ "Home". Precigen. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  27. ^ "BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. Appoints Finance and Pharmaceutical Leaders Fred Hassan, Andrea Ellis and Douglas Dachille to its Board of Directors | BridgeBio Pharma".
  28. ^ "Fred Hassan, Former CEO of Schering-Plough and Former Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, Joins Prometheus Biosciences Board". 17 May 2021.
  29. ^ "Fred Hassan appointed chairman of Theramex".
  30. ^ "Caret Group". Caret Group. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  31. ^ "IBgard®". IBGard®.
  32. ^ "FDgard®". FDgard®.
  33. ^ "Fiber Choice®". Fiber Choice®.
  34. ^ "REMfresh®". REMfresh®.
  35. ^ "Where to Buy".
  36. ^ "Nestlé Health Science agrees to acquire IM HealthScience".
  37. ^ "Acquisition of IM HealthScience Completed".
  38. ^ a b "Sparkle of Hope Annual Gala".
  39. ^ "Housing Programs and Supportive Services for Veteran Families".
  40. ^ "About the Award".
  41. ^ "What Are Biopharma R&D Leaders Focused On?". www.lifescienceleader.com.
  42. ^ Omar Abbosh, Paul Nunes & Larry Downes, Pivot to the Future: Discovering Value and Creating Growth in a Disrupted World; April 2019.
  43. ^ "Global Challenge Lab: Closing Ceremony & Demo Day". Imperial Enterprise Lab. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  44. ^ CNBC (20 November 2017). "Fred Hassan". CNBC. Archived from the original on 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  45. ^ "The Ellerin Award at HBS". Bunny Ellerin.
  46. ^ "EY announces winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year® 2019 Florida Award".
  47. ^ "Fred Hassan - Warburg Pincus". Archived from the original on 2019-05-23. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  48. ^ Green, Stephen; Hassan, Fred; Immelt, Jeffrey; Marks, Michael; Meiland, Daniel (August 2003). "In Search of Global Leaders". Harvard Business Review. 81 (8): 38–45, 139. PMID 12884666.
  49. ^ "Leading Change from the Top Line". Harvard Business Review. July 2006.
  50. ^ Hassan, Fred (May 2011). "The Frontline Advantage". Harvard Business Review.
  51. ^ Lublin, Joann S. (16 September 2013). "So You Want to be CEO. Start Here". Wall Street Journal.
  52. ^ "The big bang is coming in health care, and it will spark the next industrial revolution". CNBC. 19 January 2018.
  53. ^ "Follow the Timeless Wisdom of "The Rule of Three"". 13 January 2020.
  54. ^ "The Arc of Leadership".
  55. ^ "Modern Bioscience Has Risen to the Challenge. Now It's Our Turn". 17 November 2020.
  56. ^ "How Biopharma Commercial and R&D Can Partner to Accelerate Digital Innovation". lp.brightinsight.com.
  57. ^ "Tech in Asia - Connecting Asia's startup ecosystem".
  58. ^ "Digital Transformation: A Journey, Not Just a Destination".
  59. ^ "Why Bioscience Will Increasingly Call The Plays". www.lifescienceleader.com.
  60. ^ Benguhe, Chris (2021-10-01). "Fred Hassan Proves Big Pharma Can Have A Big Heart". International Business Times. Retrieved 2021-12-21.
  61. ^ Bigman, Dan (2021-11-10). "Fred Hassan's PE Portco Playbook: 'Make The Culture Your Competitive Weapon'". ChiefExecutive.net. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  62. ^ Hassan, Fred (2022-08-25). "Lose The Sale, Not Your Integrity". International Business Times. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  63. ^ "Fred Hassan on Leading Through Mind-bending Torque Change". ChiefExecutive.net. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  64. ^ Bigman, Dan (2023-03-24). "Veteran CEO and Director Fred Hassan: 'Ask The Tough Questions'". Corporate Board Member. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  65. ^ Hassan, Fred (2024-01-04). "Amplify Your Bandwidth: The Present-Gen CEO Playbook". ChiefExecutive.net. Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  66. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2019-06-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  67. ^ "Fred Hassan Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search". patents.justia.com.
Business positions
Preceded by
Jan Ekberg
President and CEO of Pharmacia
May 1997 – April 2003
Office eliminated
Preceded by
Richard de Jongh Osborne
Chairman of Schering-Plough
April 2003 – November 3, 2009
Office eliminated
Preceded by
Richard J. Kogan
CEO of Schering-Plough
April 2003 – November 3, 2009
Office eliminated
Preceded by
Gerald M. Ostrov
Chairman of Bausch & Lomb
March 2010 – August 5, 2013
Office eliminated