Novartis discloses compensation for new Chairman and Chairman ad-interim

Novartis discloses compensation for new Chairman and Chairman ad-interim

April 24, 2013


  • Dr. Joerg Reinhardt to receive total annual compensation of CHF 3.8 million through combination of cash and stock for serving as Chairman of Novartis. Dr. Reinhardt also to be compensated over the period 2014-2016 for lost entitlements from his former employer, in an amount totaling EUR 2.6 million
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner, as ad-interim Chairman, to receive compensation of CHF 1.9 million through combination of cash and stock on a full year basis which will be pro-rated for the Chairman period until July 31, 2013

Basel, April 24, 2013 - Novartis announced today the compensation for the incoming Chairman of the Board, starting August 1, 2013, as well as the pro-rated compensation for the current Chairman ad-interim. This new disclosure ahead of the 2013 Annual Report reflects the commitment to greater transparency by the Board of Directors and the company.

As Novartis Chairman, effective August 1, 2013, Dr. Joerg Reinhardt will receive a total annual compensation valued at CHF 3.8 million. The total compensation is comprised of equal cash and share components as follows:

  • Cash compensation: CHF 1.9 million (gross) per year
  • Share compensation: annual value equal to CHF 1.9 million of unrestricted Novartis shares

Dr. Reinhardt will be eligible for pension and insurance benefits according to the standard Novartis benefit plans. There is no variable or other component to his regular compensation unless provided for in the applicable rules and regulations of Novartis.

Dr. Reinhardt will also receive compensation for lost entitlements at his former employer, with a total value of EUR 2.6 million. Payments will be staggered based on the vesting period at his former employer and extend over the period from 2014 until 2016, provided that he remains in office as the Novartis Chairman at the respective due dates.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner will receive a pro-rated total annual compensation comprised of equal cash and share components valued at CHF 1.9 million for his tenure as Chairman ad-interim, which took effect February 22, 2013, after the company's Annual General Meeting, and ends on July 31, 2013. The total compensation for this period will be approximately CHF 790,000 (gross). There is no variable or other component to Prof. Dr. Lehner's compensation.

Following completion of his tenure as Chairman ad-interim, the compensation of Prof. Dr. Lehner will revert to the ordinary compensation for a member of the Novartis Board of Directors as disclosed in the Novartis Annual Report.

Novartis expects to make further disclosures relating to Dr. Daniel Vasella at a future point ahead of the disclosures required for the 2013 Annual Report.

This press release contains expressed or implied forward-looking statements, including statements that can be identified by terminology such as "expects," or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Group regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such statements. These expectations could be affected by, among other things, risks and factors referred to in the Risk Factors section of Novartis AG's current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update it in the future.

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Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2012, the Group achieved net sales of USD 56.7 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.3 billion (USD 9.1 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 128,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

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