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Genzyme alters the role of its lead independent director

8th February 2010

Genzyme has revealed alterations to the role of its lead independent director and has appointed new leadership for its board’s audit committee.

The lead independent director Robert Carpenter, president of Boston Medical Investors, is currently serving in the role of lead director and is also the board chair at Hydra Biosciences.

He will now have a greater role in determining the direction of the discussions that take place at board level – including the approval of full board meeting agendas and materials.

Additionally, a new board director – Robert Bertolini, the former executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Schering-Plough – has been appointed to chair the audit committee.

Connie Mack, a Genzyme board member and chair of the nominating and governance committee, said: “Strengthening the lead independent director position is a growing practice at many companies where chief executive officers also serve as board chair.”

Last month, Genzyme revealed that its Pompe disease therapy Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) has been granted a six-month review period by the Food and Drug Administration.

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