Drugmaker Perrigo Hires Ex-Food and Tobacco Executive as CEO

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Altria and Lorillard veteran Murray Kessler will be the fourth person to lead the company since 2016

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Stephen Nakrosis

Perrigo Co. has hired a former food and tobacco industry executive to lead the company, less than a year after the drugmaker picked a pharmaceutical and health care manufacturer veteran to lead a turnaround effort.

Murray S. Kessler, 59 years old, on Monday succeeded Uwe Röhrhoff as chief executive as Perrigo moves to separate its prescription pharmaceutical unit, which accounted for about one-fifth of revenue in 2017.

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