Daiichi Sankyo adds chief people officer to head up HR

Daiichi Sankyo Inc., the pharmaceutical company based in Basking Ridge, has hired a chief people officer, combining its human resources leadership positions into one, it announced Monday.

Simon King joins the U.S. Corporate Division of the Japanese company from Bristol-Myers Squibb, reporting to Koji Ogawa, head of the division.

“Simon brings a unique background and perspective to Daiichi Sankyo,” Ken Keller, CEO and president of the company, said in a prepared statement. “He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an honors degree in genetics and spent more than 25 years in human resources leading global, progressive people strategies that have enabled people and organizations to evolve and thrive.

“As we continue the next phase of our transformation and growth as a science-based, patient-centered company with a primary focus on oncology, Simon’s clear passion for developing people and organizations will help us attract and nurture the top talent critical to reach our goals.”

At BMS, King was most recently global head of talent and workforce innovation, and had previously served as head of HR Global Research & Development. He has also worked for AstraZeneca, including serving as global head of HR for research & development.

“It is an exciting time for Daiichi Sankyo, and I’m honored to join such a talented team as the company realizes its long-term vision and strategic priorities,” he said in a statement.