Sidney Taurel

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Born9 February 1949
Casablanca, French Marocco
Alma materHEC Paris, Columbia Business School
SpouseKathryn Taurel
Member ofEli Lilly, Homeland Security Advisory Council
US Bilderberger businessman with long career in Big Pharma Eli Lilly. Member of Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Employment.png Chairman

In office
2016 - Present
EmployerPearsons Plc
Preceded byMichael Treschow

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In office
1998 - 2008
EmployerEli Lilly
Preceded byAlexander Trotman
Attended Bilderberg/2007. Chairman Emeritus since 2008.

Sidney Taurel is a US businessman He attended Bilderberg 2007 as CEO of Big Pharma corporation Eli Lilly, where he had worked for 37 years.

Taurel was appointed by President George W. Bush to two councils, the Homeland Security Advisory Council and the President's Export Council, and one committee, the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Also, he was appointed by the French Prime Minister to the Strategic Council for the Health Care Industry of France.[1]


Born a Spanish citizen in Casablanca, Morocco, Taurel became an American citizen in November 1995. After graduating from École des Hautes Études Commerciales, in Paris, France, in 1969, he received a master of business administration degree from Columbia University in 1971.[2]

Taurel joined the Lilly subsidiary Eli Lilly International Corporation in 1971 as a marketing associate and was named marketing plans manager for the Brazilian affiliate the following year. Returning to Europe in 1976, Taurel held several marketing and sales assignments in Eastern Europe and France. He became general manager of the company's affiliate in Brazil in 1981 and was appointed to the London-based position of vice president of Lilly European operations in 1983.[2]

Taurel has lived in Indianapolis since 1986, when he returned to the city as president of Eli Lilly International Corporation. He became executive vice president of the pharmaceutical division in 1991 and was named executive vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of its pharmaceutical division in 1993.[2]

As chairman and CEO from 1998 to 2008 Taurel led the company's efforts to successfully tackle the challenge of the patent loss of its main product Prozac; he drove a deeper globalization of the company, significantly increased its commitment to R&D and partnering, and oversaw the successful launches of a dozen new products, roughly doubling the company's sales. He spoke often on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, being selected chairman of its association PhRMA in 1998/1999.

In 2001, the Anti-Defamation League gave Taurel its American Heritage Award.[3]


During Covid from 2020 onwards, he, as Chair of Pearson Plc, implemented "new health and safety principles" and "launched an online community for our people to connect, share stories and support each other",[4],

Eli Lilly, where he was Chairman Emeritus, produced bamlanivimab, which received an emergency use authorization (EUA) as a drug against Covid.[5] The corporation struck a deal with the US government to supply 300,000 vials of bamlanivimab 700 mg for US$375 million[6].


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200731 May 20073 June 2007Turkey
The 55th Bilderberg meeting, held in Turkey
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