Pharma company adds two new directors to its board

Drug company

Wiltshire based Alliance Pharma has appointed two new directors to its board.

Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt and Richard McKenziene have joined as non-executive directors and will join the board with immediate effect.

Eva-Lotta has in-depth knowledge of global consumer retail, supply chain and digital transformation and has held leadership roles in consumer-facing industries across Europe, Japan, China and the USA.

From 2016 to 2018, she was chief executive of Georg Jensen, the luxury jewellery and Scandinavian design brand, where she led a global team of 1,400 to implement an omni-channel turnaround in retail networks.

Prior to this Eva-Lotta was chief executive at Karstadt, a chain of premium department stores in Germany with a strong e-commerce presence.

She started her career at IKEA, establishing the business in Japan where she worked for four years before becoming chief executive of IKEA Netherlands and then deputy global retail manager.

In this role she was responsible for IKEA’s global multi-channel strategy and the implementation of its on and offline experiences throughout the entire global value chain.

Richard McKenzie has international e-commerce, distribution, supply chain and logistics experience in the consumer, retail and technology sectors, along with particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific region having lived and worked in mainland China for 10 years.

From 2019 to 2023, Richard was chief commercial officer and latterly president (Europe and Asia) for Ocado Solutions, driving the growth of this leading grocery e-commerce platform globally.

During his tenure at Ocado Solutions, Richard led major new deals with distributors in Korea, Japan, Spain and Poland, and redesigned the B2B organisation of the business. Prior to this Richard was a strategy consultant for OC&C in London and China, building the company’s presence in Asia-Pacific, before becoming a senior partner for the consumer goods and retail practice of Oliver Wyman in Asia Pacific.

During this time, he built extensive experience of the retail consumer market in China, and Asia-Pacific more broadly.

Richard is currently a senior advisor to McKinsey and Company.

Jo LeCouilliard, chair of Alliance, said: “I am delighted to welcome Eva-Lotta and Richard to the Board and look forward to their contribution to support the delivery of our growth strategy. Eva-Lotta will bring significant additional global consumer expertise from her various senior executive leadership roles, and Richard will bring significant additional strategic and operational expertise, particularly in our important China market.”