Jakob Riis is the Executive Vice President, China, Pacific & Marketing in Novo Nordisk. Mr Riis joined Novo Nordisk in 1996 as a health economist. From 2001 through 2005 Mr Riis worked first in the US sales force and then as head of marketing in Japan. In 2005 he was appointed senior vice president for International Marketing. In January 2013 he was appointed executive vice president assuming responsibility for Marketing & Medical Affairs. In April 2015 he assumed the responsibilities the two sales regions China and Pacific, in addition to Marketing, Medical Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement.
Mr Riis is chairman of the board of Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of ALK-Abelló A/S, both in Denmark.
Mr Riis has an MSc in Forestry from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark (now the Faculty of Science of the University of Copenhagen) from 1992 where he also obtained a PhD in 1998.
Mr Riis is a Danish national, born April 1966.