Biotechnology company Elan Corporation has appointed John Given as general counsel, effective March 1. Given will serve as a member of the executive management team as well as an advisor to the chairman and the board of directors. He will be based in the company's Dublin headquarters.

Given joins Elan from law firm A&L Goodbody, where he served as senior corporate partner. He also served in various leadership positions during his tenure and was head of the mergers and acquisitions practice for nine years.

Given also spent of twenty years in private practice and served as Elan's lead external counsel for over a decade.