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Spring Break: Novo's US Head Resigns After Rough Winter

Executive Summary

Novo Nordisk's executive VP and head of North American operations, Jakob Riis, has resigned from the company – a move not completely out of the blue considering recent rumors of conflict within the diabetes drug developer's US operations and a lackluster 2016 financial performance for the whole group.

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