Christopher Jensen has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company.

Jensen began his new position on April 23 and became a member of Elanco’s Leadership Team. He will report to Elanco President Jeffrey Simmons and Josh Smiley, senior vice president of global services and CFO at Lilly.

Jensen will have responsibility for Elanco’s financial operations. According to a press release from Elanco, Jensen has a proven track record over the past 20 years in a variety of financial leadership roles. He was most recently CFO for Celanese Corporation, a $6 billion global chemical company. He also spent 13 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in audit and transaction services. Jensen holds a master's of accountancy from Brigham Young University.

“I am pleased Chris is joining Elanco and the animal health industry at such an exciting and dynamic time,” said Jeff Simmons, president, Elanco Animal Health. “His deep expertise in leading financial operations and experience makes Chris a tremendous addition to our leadership team and company.”


Jensen’s more than 20 years of financial experience spans the spectrum. The breadth of his responsibility has included financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, accounting, financial shared services, audit, and IT.

“I am looking forward to joining Elanco, one of the leaders in the growing animal health industry,” said Jensen. “I was attracted to Elanco’s clear and compelling vision, leadership within the industry and the opportunity to make a positive impact at a company with a long history and strong culture.”

Jensen is working from Elanco’s headquarters in Greenfield, Indiana.