Robert Pelzer is a director of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and SierraOncology , Inc. He is also on the board of directors or advisory board of a number of private life sciences companies.
Mr. Pelzer was President of Novartis Corporation from 2008 to 2014. As President he was responsible for the Novartis Group Companies in North America and the Novartis US Foundation. Previously Mr. Pelzer was Global General Counsel and Head of Legal Services at Novartis Pharma AG,based in Basel, Switzerland. He also served as a member of the Novartis Pharma Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Novartis in 2002, Mr. Pelzer was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DuPont Pharmaceuticals, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Pelzer also held a variety of other positions within the DuPont organization, including Director and Legal Manager for the European oil and gas business of Conoco and Vice President and General Counsel of Conoco Canada Limited in Calgary, Canada. He began his legal career at the law firm MacKimmie Matthews in Calgary. A graduate of the University of Alberta, in Alberta, Canada, Mr. Pelzer earned degrees in Commerce and in Law.