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Valeant Pharmaceuticals Appoints Howard B. Schiller as Chief Financial Officer

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) (TSX: VRX) today announced that Howard B. Schiller has been named to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective upon his commencement of employment with Valeant, which is expected to be December 1, 2011.  Mr. Schiller, who recently retired from Goldman Sachs where he was the chief operating officer for the Investment Banking Division, will take over the position from Philip W. Loberg, who has been serving as Valeant's interim chief financial officer and will remain with the Company in a different role.  

"The Board of Directors and I are delighted that Howard has agreed to join our company," said J. Michael Pearson, chairman and chief executive officer.  "Howard brings an unquestioned intellect, tremendous relevant experience, an impressive track record of success, and a humble demeanor which will fit well with our company. I also want to thank Phil for the role he has performed these past twelve months and I am pleased that he will continue to play a key role in our financial organization."

In January 2011, Howard Schiller retired from Goldman Sachs after a 24 year career. Howard was the chief operating officer for the Investment Banking Division responsible for the management and strategy of the business.  Prior to 2009, he was responsible for the global healthcare, consumer products, retail, industrial and natural resource businesses in the investment banking division. During 2001 and 2002, Howard was responsible for the global mergers and acquisitions business. From 1996 through 2001 Howard was in the Goldman Sachs London office: First, he was responsible for the healthcare and chemical industry group and then chief operating officer of the investment banking business for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During his 24 years at Goldman Sachs, Howard advised large multinational companies on strategic transactions, financings, restructurings, and leveraged buyouts.

Howard is on the New York board of Teach for America and on the board of the Cancer Research Institute. He is also on the business advisory council of the University of Chicago Law School. Howard received his BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

About Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a multi-national specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufacturers and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology and branded generics. More information about Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. can be found at

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