Pharmaceuticals giant Eli Lilly and Company announced Alonzo Weems, executive vice president of enterprise risk management and chief ethics and compliance officer, will retire after 27 years of service with the company, effective Dec. 31.

Weems began his Lilly career in 1997 as an attorney in the global medical and regulatory affairs legal group. He has held leadership roles including general counsel for Lilly Canada, general counsel for Lilly USA and the biomedicines and diabetes business units, and vice president and deputy general counsel for the corporate legal functions.

Weems will continue to serve in his role while the company conducts an internal and external search for a chief ethics and compliance officer.