Tasos G. KonidarisInterim Chairman of the Board
Mr. Konidaris was appointed to our board of directors in February 2017 and was appointed interim chairman in January 2019. Mr. Konidaris has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alcresta Therapeutics, Inc. since March 2016 and as a senior advisor of Athyrium Capital Management, L.P. since September 2015. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ikaria, Inc., a biotherapeutics company, from October 2011 to May 2015. Prior to joining Ikaria, since 2007, Mr. Konidaris served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Corporation, a leading commercial information services company. He was Principal Accounting Officer and led the Global Finance Operations of D&B beginning in 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Konidaris served as Group Vice President of the Global Pharmaceutical and Global Diversified Products Groups at Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Konidaris held senior financial and operational positions of increasing responsibility at the Pharmacia Corporation, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Novartis Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Mr. Konidaris currently serves on the boards of Zep, Inc. and Alcresta Therapeutics. Mr. Konidaris served on the board of Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. from April 2014 to November 2017 and was a director of Delcath Systems Inc. from July 2012 until December 2014. Mr. Konidaris holds an MBA from Drexel University, and a B.S. from Gwynedd Mercy College.
Harlan W. Waksal, M.D.President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Waksal has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2014 and was elected to our board of directors in 2013. Prior to joining Kadmon as an employee, Dr. Waksal served as President and Sole Proprietor of Waksal Consulting LLC from 2003 to 2014. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Waksal served as Executive Vice President, Business and Scientific Affairs at Acasti Pharma, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and as a consultant to Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences company and the parent company of Acasti. Dr. Waksal co-founded ImClone Systems (ImClone) in 1987, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company acquired by Eli Lilly and Company in 2008. Dr. Waksal served in senior roles at ImClone, including: President (1987 to 1994); Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (1994 to 2002); and President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer (2002 to 2003). Dr. Waksal also served as a Director of ImClone from 1987 to 2005. Dr. Waksal served on the boards of Oberlin College and Sevion Therapeutics through March 2016 and the boards of Acasti and Neptune through February 2016 and July 2015, respectively. Dr. Waksal received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his training in internal medicine at New England Medical Center and in pathology at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn.
Eugene Bauer, M.D.Co-Founder, Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dermira
Dr. Bauer has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. In 2010, Dr. Bauer co-founded Dermira, a publicly traded specialty biopharmaceutical company, where he serves as Director and Chief Medical Officer. Prior to founding Dermira, Dr. Bauer served as Director, President and Chief Medical Officer of Pelpin, Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Bauer served as Chief Executive Officer of Neosil, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2006 to 2008, and he co-founded and served as a member of the board of directors at Connetics, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company, from 1990 to 2006. Prior to initiating his career in industry, Dr. Bauer served as Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine and as Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine from 1995 to 2001. Dr. Bauer is the Lucy Becker Professor Emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since 2002. Dr. Bauer was a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator for 25 years and has served on review groups and Councils for the NIH. Dr. Bauer currently serves as a board member for Medgenics, Inc., Cerecor Inc. and First Wave Technologies. He is member of numerous honorific societies, including the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Bauer received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School.
D. Dixon BoardmanFounder and Chief Executive Officer, Optima Fund Management LLC
Mr. Boardman has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Mr. Boardman founded Optima Fund Management LLC, an alternative investment firm, in 1988 and currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Boardman is a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he has also served as Chairman of the Special Projects Committee. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Council. Mr. Boardman is a Director of Florida Crystals Corporation and an Advisory Board Director of J.C. Bamford Excavators (UK). Mr. Boardman attended McGill University.
Steven MeehanFormer Managing Director, Moelis & Company
Mr. Meehan was appointed to our board of directors in 2017. Mr. Meehan brings to the Board over 25 years of investment banking experience. He was formerly a Partner in the Healthcare Group of Moelis & Company, leading the effort in Life Sciences and Advanced Diagnostics. Additionally, he was previously the Head of Life Sciences within the Global Healthcare Group in the New York office of UBS Investment Bank (UBS). Mr. Meehan was also part of the team that formed the Healthcare Group at UBS in 1999. During his tenure at UBS, he was Chief Executive Officer of UBS Russia and CIS across all businesses including securities, banking and wealth management. He was also a member of the UBS Group EMEA Management Committee. During his investment banking career, he also held senior roles in M&A, leveraged finance and capital markets at Salomon Smith Barney, NatWest Securities and Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Susan Wiviott, J.D.Chief Executive Officer, The Bridge
Ms. Wiviott has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Ms. Wiviott has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Bridge, a non-profit behavioral health treatment and housing agency in New York, since 2014. Prior to joining The Bridge, Ms. Wiviott served as Chief Program Officer at Palladia Inc., a not-for-profit housing and substance abuse treatment provider, from 2012 through 2014. From 1999 through 2012, Ms. Wiviott served as Deputy Executive Vice President of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Ms. Wiviott began her career as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Wiviott received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.