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Distilling compliance lessons from Novartis

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 13, 2018

It’s early in the evening on Jan. 1, 2017. A man is sitting at the Galaxy Bar on the thirteenth floor of the Hilton Hotel in Greece, where an outdoor terrace overlooks the city of Athens. Outside, the air is cold, but it’s the activity inside that creates a sharp chill, when the man reportedly starts making threats about jumping off the building.

Hotel personnel alert the police, who after one hour of intense negotiations persuade him not to end his life. When questioned by police further, the man reportedly breaks down and utters a cryptic message: “They will not put onto me all the ‘sins’ of the company.”

According to Greek news agency,, the unnamed man is a former high-ranking manager of pharmaceutical company Novartis, under...

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