Monday, Jul 15, 1996

New Senior Vice Presidents

David Roche to head Sales & Marketing division and Judy Heyboer to lead Human Resources

South San Francisco, Calif. -- July 15, 1996 --

Genentech's President and CEO Arthur Levinson, Ph.D., today announced the appointments of David Roche to senior vice president of Genentech's Sales & Marketing and Judy Heyboer to senior vice president of its Human Resources division. Both also will serve as members of Genentech's Operations Committee.

"We are extremely pleased with the appointments of Mr. Roche and Ms. Heyboer, both of whom come to Genentech with proven track records of expertise and effectiveness in their fields," said Levinson. "We are confident that their strong credentials and high level of enthusiasm will contribute significantly to Genentech's performance and future goals."

David Roche, who will join Genentech on July 22, was vice president of Sales & Marketing for Janssen Pharmaceutica USA. Previously, he was president of the Prescription Products Division at Marion Merrell Dow USA, president and general manager of Nordic Laboratories (Marion) Canada and president and general manager of Schering Canada, Inc. He also held positions in consumer marketing for Johnson & Johnson, both in Mexico and Canada.

Previously, Judy Heyboer was senior vice president at Acuson Corporation, where she has worked for the past 13 years. She was vice president of Employee Relations at Acuson for ten years. Prior to that, she was corporate manager of Employee Relations Programs at Spectra-Physics, Inc. Heyboer will join Genentech on August 5.

Genentech, Inc. is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufacturers and markets human pharmaceuticals for significant unmet medical needs. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco, California and is traded on the New York and Pacific Stock Exchanges under the symbol GNE.

David C. Roche Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

David C. Roche will join Genentech, Inc. on July 22 as the senior vice president of Sales and Marketing and a member of Genentech's Senior Operations Committee.

Since 1994, Roche has served as the vice president of Sales & Marketing for Janssen Pharmaceutica USA. Before that, he was president of the Prescription Products Division at Marion Merrell Dow USA; president and general manager of Nordic Laboratories (Marion) Canada; and president and general manager of Schering Canada, Inc. Prior to that, he held the position of director of the Consumer Division of Johnson & Johnson in Mexico, and held positions in consumer marketing at Warner Lambert and Johnson & Johnson in Canada.

Roche is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Florida School of Pharmacy and was the Chairman of the Associate Member Board of the National Wholesale Drug Association in 1992 and 1993. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada between 1986 and 1989.

Roche holds a bachelor of science degree from Loyola of Montreal and a master's of business administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Roche was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Judy Heyboer Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Judy Heyboer will join Genentech, Inc. on August 5 as senior vice president of Human Resources and member of Genentech's Senior Operations Committee.

Prior to Genentech, Heyboer held several positions during her 13-year career with Acuson Corporation. She was named a senior vice president in 1994 and was vice president of Employee Relations for ten years. Before that, Heyboer held numerous positions in her ten years with Spectra-Physics, Inc., including: corporate manager of Employee Relations Programs; manager of Employee Relation; manager of Employee Relations, Autolab Division; supervisor, Wage and Benefit Administration; compensation analyst; and employee relations assistant.

Heyboer received a bachelor's and a master's degree of art from the University of Michigan and holds a master's of business administration from the University of Santa Clara.

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