Pharmaceutical company Celgene has appointed Gerald Masoudi as general counsel and corporate secretary, effective June 1.

Masoudi will be responsible for global legal strategy and will serve on the company’s executive committee. He will succeed Lawrence Stein, who is retiring after serving as general counsel and corporate secretary since 2012.

Masoudi will join Celgene from law firm Covington & Burling, where he is a partner and serves as co-chair of the food and drug practice group. At Covington, he has advised multinational companies and trade associations on significant litigation enforcement regulatory and public policy matters.