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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 04:00PM Asia/Singapore

HERTFORDSHIRE, England, PITTSBURGH & Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced the remaining appointees to the inaugural 13-member Board of Directors for Viatris, the new company that will result from the combination of Mylan and Upjohn, a division of Pfizer, which is expected to occur in mid-2020, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, Mylan shareholder approval, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. In addition to the previously announced Pfizer-designated appointments of Ian Read and Jim Kilts, Pfizer has appointed current Pfizer board member W. Don Cornwell, who will resign from the Pfizer board to serve as a director of Viatris upon the close of the transaction. Additionally, Mylan has appointed eight of its own directors to serve on the Viatris Board of Directors, including JoEllen Lyons Dillon, Neil Dimick, Melina Higgins, Harry A. Korman, Rajiv Malik, Richard A. Mark, Mark W. Parrish and Pauline van der Meer Mohr. As previously announced, the Board of Directors of Viatris will also include Viatris Executive Chairman Robert J. Coury and Viatris CEO Michael Goettler.

Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chairman and CEO, said: “This talented Board of Directors is ideally positioned to serve Viatris on behalf of its shareholders. In addition, I’m thrilled that Don Cornwell will be joining Ian Read and Jim Kilts on the Board of Viatris. I’ve served on the Pfizer Board with Don for two years, and he is a deeply experienced chief executive and director who has a keen understanding of our industry and will be a highly effective and collaborative steward of this new company. Finally, I want to thank Don for his two decades of service on Pfizer’s Board of Directors.”

Mylan Chairman, and incoming Viatris Executive Chairman, Robert J. Coury said: “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Cornwell to the Viatris board. Having spent time getting to know him, I am confident that his diverse experience and leadership will bring an important perspective to the Viatris Board.”

Coury continued: “It is also my great honor to name and to continue to serve with the eight Mylan appointees of the Viatris Board. Each Mylan appointee will bring his or her unique experience and expertise that we believe will be critical to deliver value to shareholders. Over the course of their respective tenures on the Mylan board, each director has played a critical role in guiding and overseeing Mylan’s strategy of building a truly one of a kind global platform that is now well positioned to not only continue to deliver high-quality medicine to patients around the world but to also unlock significant shareholder value. These proven and experienced directors have a deep insight and knowledge of the global Mylan organization.”

Coury continued: “The combination of Mylan and Pfizer experience and expertise will help ensure a best-in-class Board of Directors with the extensive experience, knowledge and strategic vision to help oversee the launch of Viatris’ unique Global Healthcare Gateway™, providing partners with access to Viatris’ powerful platform to benefit patients around the world. Today truly marks another important milestone in Viatris’ journey to becoming a new champion for global health.”

Meet the Future Viatris Board:

Robert J. Coury is the Chairman of Mylan N.V. and has been a director since 2002. Mr. Coury first was elected to Mylan Inc.’s Board in February 2002, having served since 1995 as a strategic advisor to the Company. He became the Board’s Vice Chairman shortly after his election and served as CEO from September 2002 until January 2012. He then served as Executive Chairman from 2012 until he became Mylan N.V.’s Chairman in June 2016. Under his visionary leadership, Mylan has transformed itself from the third largest generics pharmaceutical company in the U.S. into one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies in the world, earning spots on both the S&P 500 and, prior to the Company’s reincorporation outside of the U.S. in 2015, the Fortune 500. Since 2007, Mr. Coury has led Mylan through a series of transactions totaling approximately $25 billion, which transformed Mylan into a global powerhouse within the highly competitive pharmaceutical industry, with a global workforce of approximately 35,000 that markets products in more than 165 countries and territories.

W. Don Cornwell has served on the Pfizer board since 1997. He chairs the Regulatory and Compliance Committee, and is a member of the Corporate Governance and Science and Technology Committees. He was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Granite Broadcasting Corporation from 1988 until his retirement in August 2009, and served as Vice Chairman of the Board until December 2009. He is a Director of American International Group, Inc. and Natura & Co. Holding Inc. He is also a Director of Blue Meridian Partners, and a Trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. He is a former director of Avon Products, Inc. (until its acquisition by Natura & Co. Holding Inc.) and CVS Caremark (including two years as Chair of its Compensation Committee), where he served for over 10 years.

JoEllen Lyons Dillon has served on the Mylan Board since 2014. She chairs the Compensation and Governance and Nominating committees and is a member of the Audit and Executive committees. Ms. Dillon previously served as an executive officer of The ExOne Company (“ExOne”), an emerging growth company and global provider of three-dimensional printing machines. She was promoted as ExOne’s only Executive Vice President, adding responsibilities for capital markets development, corporate strategic planning, human resources, global compliance, investor relations, and international business development in Europe and Asia, in addition to her original duties as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. Previously, Ms. Dillon had an almost 25-year legal career in corporate mergers and acquisitions and securities, where she represented both public and private companies in a variety of complex matters as a partner with the law firms of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and Reed Smith LLP.

Neil Dimick has served on the Mylan Board since 2005. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Executive, Finance, and Risk Oversight committees. Mr. Dimick also serves on the Board of Directors of Resources Connection, Inc., chairing its Audit Committee and serving on its Compensation Committee. Mr. Dimick previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a wholesale distributor of pharmaceuticals; Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bergen Brunswig Corporation, a wholesale drug distributor; and as a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He previously served on the boards of directors of WebMD Health Corp., Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc., and Thoratec Corporation.

Michael Goettler is currently Group President of Upjohn, a division of Pfizer. Michael joined Pfizer in 2009, as part of the Wyeth acquisition and has held a number of senior leader roles at both Wyeth and Pfizer with increasing responsibility across multiple therapeutic areas, including primary and specialty care. Most recently, he served as the Global President of Pfizer Inflammation & Immunology, leading Pfizer’s global five-billion-dollar portfolio of inline medicines, as well as late-stage, early development and research strategy and programs spanning rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. Before then, he led Pfizer Rare Disease, where he initiated the company’s commercial move into gene therapy. Prior to Wyeth, Michael held a variety of senior roles at Sanofi Aventis in the US and Japan in business development, eBusiness and global marketing. Michael is a member of the board of directors of Population Services International, a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world.

Melina Higgins has served on the Mylan Board since 2013. She chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Executive committees. Ms. Higgins is a member of the Board of Directors of Genworth Financial Inc., an insurance company, and serves on its Management Development & Compensation and Nominating & Corporate Governance committees. Ms. Higgins is the Non-Executive Chair of Antares Midco Inc., a private company that provides financing solutions for middle-market, private equity-backed transactions. Ms. Higgins previously was a Partner and Managing Director at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., serving as a member of the Investment Committee of the Principal Investment Area, which oversaw and approved global private equity and private debt investments and was one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. She also served as Head of the Americas for private debt and Co-Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for GS Mezzanine Partners funds. Ms. Higgins is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

James Kilts has served on the Pfizer Board since 2007, and is a member of Pfizer’s Compensation and Science and Technology Committees. Mr. Kilts also serves as a Director of MetLife Inc., The Simply Good Foods Company, and Unifi, Inc. He is Executive Chairman of the Board of Conyers Park II Acquisition Corp. (a special purpose acquisition company and an affiliate of Centerview Capital). Mr. Kilts is a founding Partner of Centerview Capital, a private equity firm. He previously served as: Vice Chairman of The Proctor and Gamble Company; Chairman and CEO of The Gillette Company; President and CEO of Nabisco Group Holdings Corporation; Chairman of the Nielsen Company B.V.; and Chairman of Big Heart Pet Brands.

Harry A. Korman has served on the Mylan Board since 2018. He chairs the Risk Oversight Committee and is a member of the Compliance and Science and Technology committees. Mr. Korman previously served as Mylan Inc.’s global Chief Operating Officer, President of North America of Mylan Inc., and President of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. He joined Mylan in 1996 after the Company’s acquisition of UDL Laboratories, Inc., now known as Mylan Institutional Inc., where he served as its President. Mr. Korman has also previously served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, now known as the Association for Accessible Medicines. He also previously served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the HDMA Foundation, which provides research and education focused on healthcare supply issues.

Rajiv Malik has served on the Mylan Board since 2013, and is a member of the Science and Technology Committee. Mr. Malik also serves as Mylan’s President and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Company, which includes Commercial, Scientific Affairs, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Business Development and Information Technology. Previously, Mr. Malik held various senior roles at Mylan, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and head of Global Technical Operations. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Matrix Laboratories Limited (“Matrix”), now known as Mylan Laboratories Limited. Prior to joining Matrix, he served as head of Global Development and Registrations for Sandoz GmbH and head of Global Regulatory Affairs and head of Pharma Research for Ranbaxy.

Richard A. Mark has served on the Mylan Board since 2019. He is a member of the Audit and Finance committees. Mr. Mark also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Middle Market Lending Corp., chairing its Audit Committee and serving on its Compliance, Governance and Nominating, and Contract Review committees. He previously served as a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP and led the advisory corporate development function. Mr. Mark also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as a member of the Audit Committee of Katy Industries, Inc.; on the Board of Directors of Cadence Health; and on the Board of Directors of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, serving on its Executive and Nominating and Governance committees.

Mark W. Parrish has served on the Mylan Board since 2009. He is the Lead Independent Director and Vice Chairman, chairs the Compliance Committee, and is a member of the Audit, Executive, Governance and Nominating, and Risk Oversight committees. Mr. Parrish currently serves on the Board of Directors of Omnicell, Inc., and serves on its Audit and Corporate Governance committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Golden State Medical Supply. He also serves as a senior advisor to Frazier Healthcare Ventures, and as President of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers. Mr. Parrish previously held management roles with Cardinal Health Inc. and its affiliates, including Chief Executive Officer of healthcare supply chain services; as the Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman of Trident USA Health Services, a provider of mobile x-ray and laboratory services to the long-term care industry; and on the Board of Directors of Silvergate Pharmaceuticals.

Pauline van der Meer Mohr has served on the Mylan Board since 2018. She is a member of the Compensation and Risk Oversight committees. She also serves on the Board of Directors HSBC Holdings plc, chairing the Group Remuneration Committee and serving as a member of the Group Risk and Nomination & Corporate Governance committees. She also is a member of the supervisory boards of Royal DSM N.V., serving as Deputy Chair, chairing its Remuneration Committee, and serving on its Nomination Committee; and EY Netherlands LLP, serving as Chair. Ms. van der Meer Mohr also serves as the Chair of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee, a member of the Selection and Nomination Committee of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, and a member of the Capital Markets Committee of the AFM (the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets). Ms. van der Meer Mohr previously served on the supervisory board of ASML Holding N.V. and as President of the Executive Board of Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She also has held several legal and management positions at Royal Dutch Shell Group, was senior executive vice president and head of group human relations at ABN AMRO N.V., and served as a member of the Dutch Banking Code Monitoring Commission in the Netherlands.

Ian Read is the former Executive Chairman of Pfizer’s Board of Directors, having also previously served as Pfizer’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Read held previous positions as Senior Vice President and Group President of Pfizer’s Worldwide Biopharmaceutical Businesses; Chief Financial Officer of Pfizer Mexico; Country Manager of Pfizer Brazil; President of Pfizer’s International Pharmaceuticals Group; Executive Vice President, Europe; Corporate Vice President; and head of operations in Pfizer’s Africa/Middle East region and Latin America. Mr. Read also serves on the Kimberly-Clark Board of Directors.

The combination of Mylan and Upjohn remains on track to close by mid-2020, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and Mylan shareholder approval, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. Mylan and Upjohn will continue to operate as independent organizations under their existing organization structures until the transaction closes. The appointment of specific Mylan directors to the Viatris Board does not impact the current make-up of the Mylan Board.

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