Chattanooga's Chattem names new president, CCO

Chattanooga's Chattem names new president, CCO

July 8th, 2014 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Robert Long, right, is being named president and John Stroud is being named chief commercial officer of Chattem Inc.

Robert Long, right, is being named president and...

Photo by Angela Lewis Foster /Times Free Press.

Chattanooga-based Chattem has elevated two executives to key posts as the consumer health care products company aims to stay on a sharp growth trend.

Robert Long, an executive vice president, has been named as president.

John Stroud, also an executive vice president for the business, was appointed to the new post of chief commercial officer.

Long, who joined Chattem in 2006 and was its chief financial officer, will have a more expanded role as the company's new president.

Stroud, who came to Chattem at about the same time, will oversee the commercial side of the business.

Both Long and Stroud will continue to report to Zan Guerry, the company's chief executive officer.

"It's a very exciting time for the company," Guerry said.

Chattem is the U.S. consumer health care arm for French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi.

In May, Chattem said it planned to launch erectile dysfunction medicine Cialis as an over-the-counter drug if the switch from prescription sales can gain regulatory approval. Cialis last year garnered more than $2.1 billion in global sales.

See more in Wednesday's Times Free Press.