As Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Innes is responsible for the commercial success of the North American business which includes Neuroscience, Nephrology and Digital products. Innes was drawn to Otsuka by the allure of working for a truly different organization. He embraces Otsuka’s unique culture as a catalyst for growth that empowers people to pursue their passions in creative ways, while encouraging innovative thinking that makes a tangible difference in the lives of patients and their families. In his role, Innes oversees Commercial Strategy and Commercial Operations including Market Access, Training and Development, Sales and Marketing Operations, as well as Business Insights and Strategy.
Innes strongly believes that the strength of any organization lies with its people. As a leader, he is passionate about creating a productive, supportive, yet challenging environment, where people enjoy what they’re doing, feel recognized for their contributions and have opportunities to grow.
Innes joined Otsuka in 2017, with more than 20 years of executive experience, successfully leading commercial teams in the pharmaceutical and technology industries. Before joining Otsuka, he spent three years at Orexo as Head of U.S. Sales and Marketing, focused on the opioid addiction market. Prior to that, Innes worked in a variety of global and U.S. roles at Novartis and was the Head of Sales and Marketing of the US Neuropsychiatry business. Before entering the healthcare industry, he spent 10 years working in the technology industry with Nortel Networks, HP, and Agilent Technologies, focused on developing solutions for the wireless telecoms industry.
Innes earned his B.Eng. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Otsuka is a place where you’re actively encouraged to be yourself and not conform to the status quo. This unique working environment has a strong focus on ensuring an authentic, people focused culture that encourages individual growth via the generation of new ideas.