Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology firm Moderna announced the appointment of Shannon Thyme Klinger as chief legal officer, effective June 1.

Klinger will serve on Moderna’s executive committee and as corporate secretary and report to CEO Stéphane Bancel.

Klinger joins Moderna from Novartis, where she has served as chief legal officer and a member of the executive committee since 2018. Previously, she served as chief ethics, risk and compliance officer. During her 10-year tenure at Novartis, she held other roles of increasing responsibility, including as chief ethics and compliance officer and global head of litigation, general counsel and global head of legal at Sandoz, a Novartis division.