Management

Hovione is an independent family owned international group of companies.

The Company was founded in 1959 by Ivan and Diane Villax, and remains an independent family concern. The Board is made up of Villax family members and a majority of independent non-executive Directors, it is led by an independent non-executive Chairman.

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management of the business and is assisted by the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee manages Hovione’s activities and each member is responsible for a specific area of the business.

Board of Directors

diane villax picture Hovione Founder-chairman

Diane Villax

Founder-Chairman
Diane Villax founded Hovione with her husband Ivan in 1959, and was the executive responsible for Finance for the first 30 years of the company. Diane has a keen interest and a personal involvement in the building and communicating of the company’s values and culture.

Diane is a Non-Executive Board Member of Hovione.
ellie vannier picture Hovione Chairman of the Board

Elie Vannier

Chairman of the Board

Master of Law and DEA in Political Science from Université Paris-Sorbonne

Elie Vannier has a Master of Law and DEA in Political Science from Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Elie Vannier serves/has served on several boards in several countries including France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Belgium, UK and the US. Elie Vannier has had a diversified career of over 40 years in the Media, Industry, Investment banking, and Retail. He is visiting professor at Peking University in China and has taught at Sciences Po in Paris and the Ecole Supérieure de Guerre et d’Etat-Major in France.

Elie is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hovione.
guy villax portrait photo Hovione

Guy Villax

Non-Executive Board Member

Degree in Accounting and Financial Management

Guy Villax has a degree in Management from the University College at Buckingham, UK.

Guy Villax was Hovione's Chief Executive from 1997 to 2022, having previously worked at Price Waterhouse in London and Hovione in Asia.

Guy holds leadership positions at industry associations and in Portuguese state organizations: Rx-360, Health Cluster Portugal, Portugal’s Business Roundtable; and the ANI (Portugal’s National Innovation Agency) and the CNCTI (National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation).
charles cooney picture Hovione non-executive board member

Charles L. Cooney

Non-Executive Board Member

B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and S.M. and Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT

Prof. Charles L. Cooney has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an S.M. and Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT.

Charles Cooney started as a Professor at MIT in 1982 and was the Founding Faculty Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. His research and teaching interests span a range of topics in Biochemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, and Technological Innovation.

Charles Cooney sits on the Boards of multiple Biotech and Pharma companies and is Non-Executive Board Member of Hovione.
sofia villax picture Hovione non-executive board member

Sofia Villax

Non-Executive Board Member

Degree in Pharmacology

Sofia Villax has a BSc in Pharmacology from Bristol University.

Sofia worked at Hovione in various positions: in Macau in Quality Assurance, and then in Portugal in Product Development, Marketing, Communications and Innovation. She is a member of the General Council of the Universidade de Aveiro.

Sofia and a Non-Executive Board Member of Hovione.
michel pettigrew picture Hovione non-executive board member

Michel Pettigrew

Non-Executive Board Member

B.COM from McGill University, Montreal and M.B.A. from York University, Toronto

Michel Pettigrew has a B.COM from McGill University, Montreal, and M.B.A. from York University, Toronto.

Past President of the Ferring Group of Companies, Michel Pettigrew has more than 43 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. Before Ferring, Michel Pettigrew held several executive-level positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb. During this time, he spent eight years in Asia in different positions including GM of Indonesia and GM of Malaysia and Singapore.

Michel is Non-Executive Board Member of Hovione.
david lapre picture Hovione non-executive board member

David LaPré

Non-Executive Board Member

BSc Engineering and Life Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. M.B.A. from New York University

David LaPré has a BSc in Engineering and Life Sciences from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. M.B.A. from New York University.

Over 20 years, David LaPré held senior executive roles at Roche/ Genentech, in the United States and Switzerland.

David is a Non-Executive Board Member of Hovione.

Committees of the
Board of Directors

Elie Vannier

Diane Villax

Michel Pettigrew

David LaPré

Charles Cooney

Sofia Villax

AFRC – Audit and Financial risk Committee

o

x

x

x

GRC - Governance and Remuneration Committee

x

o

x

x

DTO - Development and Technical Operations Committee

x

o

x

Science Committee
**committee under constitution**

o

o = Committee Chair
x = Committee Member

Executive Committee

jean-luc herbeaux portrait photo Hovione CEO

Jean-Luc Herbeaux

CEO

Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science and PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Jean-Luc Herbeaux studied in France (Diplôme d´Ingénieur from UTC) and in the USA (M.S.and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston).

Jean-Luc Herbeaux started his professional career as Assistant then Associate Professor at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan.

From 2000 to 2020, Jean-Luc Herbeaux held multiple high-level leadership positions at Evonik, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, and before joining Hovione, was at the helm of Health Care Business Line of Evonik.

Jean-Luc Herbeaux joined Hovione as Chief Operations Officer in 2020.
Antonio Almeida picture Hovione CFO

António Almeida

CFO
António has a degree in Business Management.

António started his career with Siemens in 1994 and held several positions of growing responsibility until 2007. The roles covered controlling, project finance, venture capital and commercial management, spread between Portugal and Germany.

He then joined Hovione in 2007 as Group Controller and was appointed as CFO in 2014.
claudia ferreira picture Hovione VP quality RA HSE environment

Cláudia Ferreira

VP Environment, Health, Safety, Quality & Regulatory
Cláudia has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon, and M.B.A. from AESE/IESE Business School.

Cláudia started her career in the Microbiology laboratory, in1995, following several positions with responsibilities in Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Program Management and R&D General Management, including two international postings in Macau, China, and New Jersey, US. Since 2019, Cláudia assumed the VP Quality function and in 2022 her role expanded to Environment, Health, Safety, Quality & Regulatory.
david basile portrait photo VP Technical Operations Americas | HOVIONE

David Basile

VP Technical Operations – Americas

Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering

Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering
filipe gaspar portrait photo Hovione CTO

Filipe Gaspar

Chief Technology Officer
Filipe has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Filipe joined Hovione in 2003 as an Associate Engineer within the Manufacturing team. After that, he headed the R&D Particle Design group and in 2012 moved to the United States as Senior Director of Particle Engineering Services, part of the Sales team. From 2014 Filipe become the Vice President of R&D and from 2019 took leadership of both R&D and Digital teams.

Filipe is Chief Technology Officer.
Ilda Ventura picture Hovione VP HR

Ilda Ventura

VP Human Resources

Degree in Human Resources Management and Occupational Psychology

Degree in Human Resources Management and Occupational Psychology
Marco Gil picture Hovione Senior VP Sales and Marketing

Marco Gil

Senior VP - Sales & Marketing
Marco Gil has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon.

In 2007 he joined Hovione as an Associate Engineer in the R&D Particle Design area. In May 2011 he was appointed as a Director of R&D Process Chemistry. He has held several management responsibilities, including Site General Manager of the Hovione site in New Jersey, US. From 2017 to 2022, Marco held leadership positions in Sales.

Since May 2022 he is the Senior Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at Hovione.
tiago ferreira de matos portrait photo Hovione general concel

Tiago Ferreira de Matos

General Counsel

Degree in Law. LLM in International Law and Business Administration

Degree in Law. LLM in International Law and Business Administration

Also in About Hovione

What we do

Hovione is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Company dedicated to helping Pharmaceutical Customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market.

Page

Our Policies

Our Policies (Quality, HSEE, Human Resources, Innovation & Entrepreneurship) communicate and document our values.

Page

Sustainability

Hovione is committed to doing its part for a better world.

Page