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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche’s Erich Hunziker has announced his plans to retire from his positions as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer and Deputy Head of the Corporate Executive Committee at the end of March. The firm’s board of directors has appointed Alan Hippe to take over Hunziker’s position as CFO. He will also be on Roche's Corporate Executive Committee. He had been CFO at ThysenKrupp.

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