I've been trying for years to get an interview with Genentech CEO Art Levinson. As far as I know, he's never done a TV chat. Every time I've asked the answer has come back no. I've gotten pretty good access to other execs, but never the top dog.
Adding to my frustration is that he is so scary smart, opinionated, outspoken, candid and quotable when I've seen or heard him at analyst/investor meetings and on conference calls. I have no doubt he'd be a colorful interview. But even though he's the guy in charge, now I'm guessing the lawyers are putting a muzzle on him as the battle with Roche intensifies.
So, here's my latest (futile) attempt.
I know your President of Product Development, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, gets up before dawn to run, but I'm not sure what kind of hours you keep. If you were still asleep, I don't know if you set your TiVo to record my exclusive interview with Roche CEO Severin Schwan on "Squawk Box" at 4:15 a.m. your time today. So, in case you didn't catch it, here it is for your viewing pleasure.