Novartis marketer takes up worldwide position

Novartis Consumer Health marketing director Nick Evans has been promoted to a global marketing role at the company’s headquarters in Switzerland.

Evans takes the post of head of global brand for nasal decongestant Otrivin, which is the global market leader in this category. It is understood that, following Evans’ departure his role will be axed and merged into the sales department, although a final decision has yet to be taken.

Evans joined Novartis in 2001 from United Biscuits, where he was in charge of marketing for the company’s savoury biscuit brands. Before that, he was marketing director for Boots skincare but left after his post was scrapped in a restructure.

Novartis’ brands include Ex-Lax, Nicotinell and Savlon. It sold its hot drink brands, Ovaltine and Options, to Associated British Foods (ABF) for £171m at the end of last year. As a result, UK marketing manager for the brands Paul Simpson moved to ABF-owned Twinings to continue working on the brands. Novartis is now focusing solely on the pharmaceutical market and is trying to sell its sports drink brand, Isostar.

Speculation has been growing that Novartis is set to acquire Swiss rival Roche. Novartis already owns 21.3 per cent of the company.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here