AstraZeneca has announced Marc Dunoyer is to join the company in the newly created role of Executive VP of global portfolio and product strategy.

Marc will be responsible for driving business strategy, including business development, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio and product strategies.

His most critical priorities will be to bolster the core growth platforms and therapy areas through well executed business development initiatives and leadership of internal efforts.

Marc will join AstraZeneca from GlaxoSmithKline where, as Global Head of Rare Diseases, he established an integrated global capability in treatments for rare diseases from R&D through to commercialisation.

He is also chairman of GSK Japan and a member of the Corporate Executive Team. Previously at GSK he was President for Asia Pacific and Japan. Prior to joining GSK in 1999, Marc held a number of international positions in operations and general management at Hoechst Marion Roussel.

Marc, who will join the company in the second quarter of 2013, will report to Pascal Soriot, AZ’s chief executive, and will be a member of AstraZeneca’s senior executive team.

Marc has an MBA from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales and has a Bachelor of Law degree from Paris University.