Thomas N. Kendris is ad interim Chief Legal Officer of Novartis. He attends Executive Committee of Novartis (ECN) meetings in this capacity.
In his 25 years with Novartis, Tom has served in many leadership positions across all Novartis businesses. In his most recent role as Novartis US Country President and Global Head of Litigation, Tom worked on some of the most pressing healthcare issues in the US, including drug pricing, access and health inequities.
As Global Head of Litigation, Tom was responsible for Novartis Group material litigations and investigations. As Head of the Novartis US Country Leadership Team, Tom led Novartis country strategy for government relations and external affairs, with a focus on shaping policy impacting patient access to medicine. And as Chairman of the Novartis US Foundation, he refocused the organization’s mission on access to care and increasing health equity among vulnerable populations across the US.
I continue to marvel at how our innovation has fundamentally changed the course of often deadly and debilitating diseases, including childhood illnesses such as leukemia and spinal muscular atrophy. Novartis has pioneered many ‘firsts’ that some never thought possible, but always hoped would come. We must continue striving to achieve the impossible to ensure that every patient, no matter where they live or who they are, can access the breakthrough medicines they need.
Tom’s depth of experience across Novartis has fueled his passion for helping patients live a longer and better life, and his pre-Novartis legal work as an assistant district attorney in New York helped shape an equal passion for justice and fairness. The importance of education has also played a major role in Tom’s life; as an English professor, Tom’s father instilled in his son the value of study and intellectual development. A member of the board of trustees for his alma mater, Wagner College, Tom uses this platform to extend Wagner’s reach to young people in pursuit of higher education.
While in law school, he met his wife, Donna. Tom and Donna have been married for 38 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren.