Dr. Frank Binder is VP, Head of Global Supply Chain Management at Santen, a specialized pharmaceutical company focusing on Ophthalmics, headquartered in Osaka, Japan. Frank is based in Geneva, while reporting directly into the Osaka senior leadership. His mission is transforming Santen’s world wide Supply Chain, enabling Santen to globalize its business from its dominant position in the Japanese market, to rapid growth in Europe, Asia and Americas. To that end, he is building a truly global, customer focused organization, and implementing efficient global processes and systems, while launching new products at global level and expanding to new markets. Frank oversees a team of over 70 Supply Chain professionals, who are based in Japan, Europe and Singapore. With Santen’s rapid geographical expansion, and its portfolio consisting of mostly high volume Rx, and also of OTC products, it is Franks priority to ensure that the Supply Chain organization delivers significant value to the company, and is recognized as a key business partner to the commercial and financial organizations.
Prior to his current role, Frank has been Head of International Supply Chain at the US Biopharma company Celgene, and has worked in various Supply Chain roles at Swiss Pharma companies Hoffmann-La Roche and Novartis, and at management consultancy Accenture. Thereby he’s gained a broad and deep Supply Chain Management expertise, spanning production, planning, NPI, logistics at a manufacturing site, and finally S&OP, international logistics and distribution. He is regularly invited to speak at major industry conferences in Europe, USA and Asia.
Frank holds a doctorate (Dr. phil. nat.) in Chemistry from University of Berne, having done his doctoral research in physical chemistry. Managing teams and stakeholders across the world, and across very different business cultures, is one of his daily challenges; he has a multicultural background himself, and is fluent in several languages (English, French, German, Spanish, and basic Mandarin), and has significant management experience in executive roles, spanning Europe, Asia and the US.