Novartis GC to step down after admitting $1.2m contract with Trump lawyer was an error

Pharma company's legal chief takes "personal responsibility" to end public debate over contract with Michael Cohen

Novartis group general counsel Felix Ehrat is standing down from the company after taking personal responsibility for a $1.2m (£890,000) contract with US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, an agreement he admits was an “error”.

Ehrat, who has has been group GC of the pharmaceutical giant since 2011, will retire in June, the company said Wednesday (16 May). He will be replaced by chief ethics, risk and compliance officer Shannon Thyme Klinger.

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