John McKenna
Chief Financial Officer, Novartis Pharmaceuticals


John McKenna joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals as CFO in September 2017. Prior to (re)joining Novartis, he was the CFO, North America for Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca LP, which he joined in 2014. John began his career in the automotive industry, before moving to Novartis (Sandoz) Canada. He has held several CFO positions at the global and affiliate level within the Novartis Group, including with Alcon, CIBA VISION Corp. and Novartis Consumer Health.
Over the course of his career, John has acquired a variety of experiences in complex business circumstances including growth, turnarounds, transformations, acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, team building and organization leadership. He has cultivated skills in accounting, finance, operations, project management, procurement, supply chain, advanced analytics and decision-making.
John is a dual citizen (US, Canada) and holds degrees or certifications including B.Comm (McMaster), MA (Gonzaga), CPA (Canada) and CMA (USA). He is married, with two children.