Mr. Jimenez has been Chief Executive Officer of Novartis AG since 2010. He joined Novartis in April 2007 as Head of the Consumer Health Division, and in October 2007, he became Head of the Pharmaceuticals Division, where he served until 2010. Prior to joining Novartis, Mr. Jimenez served as an Advisor to the Blackstone Group L.P., a private equity firm, from 2006 to 2007. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of H. J. Heinz Company North America from 2002 to 2006 and Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heinz Europe from 1999 to 2002. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Jimenez held various leadership positions at ConAgra Foods Inc., including President and Senior Vice President of two of its operating divisions.