Tag: Roche

Is Guten Tag Simply the Langage of Respect?

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The Roche takeover of South San Francisco-based Genentech  two years ago provided a field day for all sorts of commentary. From the revisionist account of the Genentech takeover to Roche’s shifting stance on how they’d “preserve headcount and culture” at Genentech, the acquisition has provided rich fodder. The report that key execs from Genentech such […]

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Other Shoe Drops: Roche To Lay Off Up to 840 at Genentech

Parent company Roche announced this week that it is eliminating up to 840 positions at Genentech, the South San Francisco company it fully owns (after previously being a majority owner). Genentech completed its acquisition of Genentech in March 2009. Executives associated with Roche had communicated at the time of the acquisition that Genentech would maintain […]

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[Singing Kumbaya] Roche’s Account of the Genentech Acquistion

We all do it – change stories to adopt a narrative we’d like to remember rather than what might have actually happened. Years ago a close friend had a scare with lung cancer, which turned out to be some form of fungal infection. His state – which was scared s___less, morphed to a revised version […]

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[The Language of Worldwide Business] Guten Tag?

The word from the Chiron employee reunion this week was that Genentech employees (now Roche employees) moving to corporate headquarters in Basel, Switzerland to work are being asked to learn German. In the Chiron diaspora following its acquisition by (also) Basel headquartered Novartis, Chiron alums work everywhere – including Genentech: word flows quickly on stuff like […]

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[Life Back West] October 2009 – “Moving Day”

Boxes weren’t packed but files had been saved and addresses were changed: it was moving day at BackWest.com earlier this month. Gone was the former hosting company Dotster, whose spotty reliability made visiting the Back West website a hit and miss proposition. “New” was web hosting company JustHost.com, (#2 on this ratings recap here ). […]

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[Land O’Spin] The Genentech Talent Factory

There are a number of the ways to spot effective leadership over a period of time. One to watch is the degree to which people from the leader’s organization succeed outside the firm. While this is a knife that cuts two ways, as covered below, it’s a quick test to see if that leader has […]

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[Land O’Spin] What Can Genentech’s Art Levinson Tell “Britain’s Got Talent” Susan Boyle?

What often makes great leaders and business managers possible is that they are “right time, right place, and right skills” for that moment, and at their impactful best when they have the fortune of being able to signal by appearance or manner that change is imminent. If they can get traction – rather than being derailed early – great things are possible. Great leaders are rarely like their predecessors because conditions are seldom static.

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[Will Art Levinson Stay At Genentech?] The Answer is. . .

As I noted a couple of weeks ago (here ), folks like Art are unlikely to kick around after someone’s acquired their company. As someone who is respected and liked, and has a track record that is the envy of many, Levinson will have a great number of options. Though it’s possible he will retire (and actually do nothing), it’s unlikely given his past track record. And it’s also worth noting that he rubs shoulders through board service with people like Google’s Eric Schmidt and Apple’s Steve Jobs, all people who show no signing up heading to the beach anytime soon.

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