Bart M. Schwartz, Esq.Chairman of the Board
Mr. Schwartz has served as the chairman of our board of directors since 2015. Since 2010, Mr. Schwartz has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SolutionPoint International, Inc., the parent company of Guidepost Solutions, LLC, a global investigation, security consulting, compliance and monitoring firm where he also serves as Chairman. Mr. Schwartz serves on the board of HMS Holdings Corp., and is the Chair of its Compliance Committee. He also serves on the board of the Police Athletic League and the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association. Mr. Schwartz is Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Decision Strategies, an investigative, compliance and security firm. Mr. Schwartz has had numerous court and other appointments to monitor the conduct of corporations and has received assignments from or with the approval of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General of California, the Attorney General of New York, the New York Organized Crime Task Force, the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Schwartz received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
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.
Alexandria Forbes, Ph.D.President and Chief Executive Officer, MeiraGTx Limited
Dr. Forbes has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Dr. Forbes has been President and Chief Executive Officer of MeiraGTx Limited since 2015. Prior to joining MeiraGTx, Dr. Forbes served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations and Chief Commercial Officer at Kadmon from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Forbes spent 13 years as a healthcare investor at hedge funds Sivik/Argus Partners and Meadowvale Asset Management. Prior to entering the hedge fund industry, Dr. Forbes was a Human Frontiers/Howard Hughes postdoctoral fellow at the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. Prior to this, Dr. Forbes was a research fellow at Duke University and also at Carnegie Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Forbes received her M.A. from Cambridge University and her Ph.D. from Oxford University.
Tasos G. KonidarisChief Financial Officer, Alcresta Therapeutics
Mr. Konidaris was appointed to our board of directors in 2017. Mr. Konidaris brings to the Board years of global corporate financial management experience. He has been Chief Financial Officer of Alcresta Therapeutics since 2016. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2015, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ikaria, Inc. a biotherapeutics company. Prior to joining Ikaria, Mr. Konidaris served at Dun & Bradstreet Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2011 and as Principal Accounting Officer from 2005 to 2007. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Group Vice President 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 and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He currently serves on the boards of Alcresta Therapeutics, Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. and Zep Inc. Mr. Konidaris holds an MBA from Drexel University, and a B.S. in mathematics from Gwynedd Mercy College.
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.
Thomas E. Shenk, Ph.D.James A. Elkins Jr. Professor of Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Dr. Shenk has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014 and he has served as a member of Kadmon’s Scientific Advisory Board since December 2013. Dr. Shenk has been the James A. Elkins Jr. Professor of Life Sciences in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University since 1984. Dr. Shenk is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Shenk serves as the Chairman of the Board of MeiraGTx Limited. He is a past president of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology and served on the board of Merck and Company from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Shenk currently serves as a board member of the Hepatitis B Foundation. Dr. Shenk received his B.S. from the University of Detroit and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
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.
Louis Shengda ZanFounder and President, Zongyi Group
Mr. Zan has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Zan founded the Jiangsu Zongyi Group, a conglomerate engaging in investment, new energy, new materials and information technology industries, in 1987 and he currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Zan holds an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University.