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Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc (ARZ.TO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Arthur Kirsch

63 2016 Independent Chairman of the Board

Andrew Koven

57 2016 President, Chief Business Officer

Adrian Adams

64 2016 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Scott Charles

41 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Jennifer Armstrong

45 2016 Executive Vice President - Human Resources and Administration

Eric Trachtenberg

42 2016 Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Mark Glickman

50 2016 Chief Commercial Officer

James Tursi

51 2016 Chief Medical Officer

Kenneth Lee

68 2016 Lead Independent Director

Jason Aryeh

47 2016 Independent Director

Neal Fowler

54 2016 Independent Director

Robert Harris

59 2016 Independent Director

Seth Rudnick

67 2016 Independent Director

F. Martin Thrasher

64 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Arthur Kirsch

Mr. Arthur S. Kirsch is Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, he was a director of Pozen from 2004 through February 5, 2016. Mr. Kirsch has been Senior Advisor, GCA Savvian, LLC (formerly Perseus Group, LLC), an investment bank, since June 2005. Mr. Kirsch is a founding member and Managing Director of Vector Securities, LLC, an investment and merchant banking firm, from 2001 to May 2005. He was a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Research and Capital Markets of Prudential Vector Healthcare Group, a unit of Prudential Securities, Inc., a full-service brokerage firm, from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Kirsch was the Director, Equity Research of Vector Securities International, Inc., an investment banking firm, from 1995 to 1999. He currently serves as a director of PhysioSonics, Inc., a privately held company developing noninvasive neurological products. Mr. Kirsch has over 25 years of experience working in the equity capital markets and has extensive knowledge of the healthcare and life sciences field. Mr. Kirsch, who has spent the majority of his career in investment banking with a focus on the healthcare industry, brings both financial and industry expertise to the Board.

Andrew Koven

Mr. Andrew I. Koven is President, Chief Business Officer of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, Mr. Koven was the President and Chief Business Officer of Pozen from June 2015 through February 5, 2016. Prior to joining Pozen, Mr. Koven served as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from February 2012 until January 2015, when it was acquired by Endo International plc. Prior to that, from September 2011 to November 2011, Mr. Koven served as President and Chief Administrative Officer and a member of the board of directors of Neurologix, Inc., a company focused on development of multiple innovative gene therapy development programs. Before Neurologix, Mr. Koven served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Legal Officer of Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from July 2010 until May 2011 when it was acquired by Merck & Co., Inc. Previously, Mr. Koven served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Sepracor Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from March 2007 until February 2010 when it was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. Prior to joining Sepracor, Mr. Koven served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from August 2003 until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in December 2006. Mr. Koven began his career in the pharmaceutical industry first as an Assistant General Counsel and then as Associate General Counsel at Warner-Lambert Company from 1993 to 2000, followed by his role as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Lavipharm Corporation from 2000 to 2003. From 1986 to 1992 he was a corporate associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York. From 1992 to 1993 he served as Counsel, Corporate and Investment Division, at The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.

Adrian Adams

Mr. Adrian Adams is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He is Chief Executive Officer since February 5, 2016. From May 2015 through February 5, 2016, Mr. Adams was the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Pozen, and served as a consultant to Pozen from April 2015 to May 2015. Previously, Mr. Adams served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as a director of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from December 2011 until January 2015, when it was acquired by Endo International plc. Prior to joining Auxilium, from September 2011 to November 2011, Mr. Adams served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neurologix, Inc., a company focused on development of multiple innovative gene therapy development programs. Before Neurologix, Mr. Adams served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from February 2010 until May 2011 when it was acquired by Merck & Co., Inc. Previously, Mr. Adams served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sepracor Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from March 2007 and May 2007, respectively, until February 2010 at which time Sepracor was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Sepracor, Mr. Adams served as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Sepracor, Mr. Adams served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2002 until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in December 2006. Mr. Adams has also held general management and senior international and national marketing positions at SmithKline Beecham, Novartis and ICI (now part of AstraZeneca). Mr. Adams has served as chairman of the board of directors of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since February 2013 and recently served on the board of directors of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from October 2007 to August 2012.

Scott Charles

Mr. Scott J. Charles is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Mr. Charles was previously Chief Financial Officer of Pozen from January 1, 2016 through February 5, 2016, and was Pozen’s Senior Vice President Finance of from June 2015 through December 31, 2016. Prior to joining Pozen, Mr. Charles served as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Ikaria, Inc., a critical care pharmaceutical company from April 2008 to June 2015. From April 2002 to March 2008, Mr. Charles worked at Reliant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in various finance functions, culminating with serving as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer from April 2006 to March 2008. Prior to that, he was a Manager of Assurance and Business Advisory Services at Arthur Andersen, LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jennifer Armstrong

Ms. Jennifer Lou Armstrong is Executive Vice President - Human Resources and Administration of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Ms. Armstrong was previously the Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration of Pozen from June 2015 through February 5, 2016. Prior to joining Pozen, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from July 2009 to March 2015. Prior to that, she served at Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Communications at Genaera Corporation, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from January 1998 to May 2009. On June 12, 2009, Genaera Corporation transferred all of its assets and liabilities to the Genaera Liquidating Trust and filed a Certificate of Dissolution with the Delaware Secretary of State pursuant to the Plan of Complete Liquidation and Dissolution adopted at a special meeting of stockholders. Ms. Armstrong holds a Master’s degree in Arts Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications, both from Drexel University.

Eric Trachtenberg

Mr. Eric L. Trachtenberg is Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, Mr. Trachtenberg was the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Pozen from January 1, 2016 through February 5, 2016, and was Deputy General Counsel of Pozen from June 2015 through December 31, 2015. Prior to joining Pozen, Mr. Trachtenberg most recently served as Deputy General Counsel at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from May 2012 through its acquisition by Endo Pharmaceuticals in February 2015. Prior to Auxilium, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Enobia Pharma, Inc., from April 2011 to April 2012, and managed all legal aspects of Enobia’s sale to Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Mr. Trachtenberg served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Sepracor Inc. and remained in that position with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. following the acquisition of Sepracor by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma. Mr. Trachtenberg also held a Senior Counsel position at Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. before its acquisition by Abbott. Mr. Trachtenberg began his career as an Associate at Blank Rome LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Tulane University and a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University.

Mark Glickman

Mr. Mark A. Glickman is Chief Commercial Officer of the Company, since February 5, 2016. From June 2015 to February 5, 2016, Mr. Glickman was the Chief Commercial Officer of Pozen. Mr. Glickman previously served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from February 2012 to February 2015. From February 2009 to February 2012, he served as Vice President in the medical device division at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., a pharmaceutical and medical device company and a subsidiary of Otsuka America, Inc. Prior to Otsuka, Mr. Glickman served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corp., a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, from September 2007 to September 2009. Before joining Oscient, from May 2007 to September 2007, Mr. Glickman served as Vice President of Sales at Bayer Healthcare’s Diabetes Care Division. From 2001 to 2007, he held various positions at Kos Pharmaceuticals, including Director of Marketing, Regional Sales Director and Vice President of Sales. Mr. Glickman started his pharmaceutical career at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he was responsible for the marketing of cardiovascular products, including the blockbuster Plavix. Mr. Glickman holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.

James Tursi

Dr. James P. Tursi, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer of the Company, since February 5, 2016. From October 2015 to February 5, 2016, Dr. Tursi was Chief Medical Officer of Pozen. Previously, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer of Innocoll AG, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from March 2015 to September 2015, where he was responsible for managing all clinical research and development, medical affairs and safety activities. Prior to joining Innocoll, Dr. Tursi served as Chief Medical Officer at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company, from August 2011 to March 2015, and as Vice President of Clinical Research & Development from March 2009 to August 2011. In these positions, Dr. Tursi was responsible for oversight of clinical and nonclinical development programs, clinical operations, medical affairs and global safety activities, and served as the clinical medical safety lead for all regulatory agency interactions with the FDA, Europe and Canada. Prior to Auxilium, he served as Director of Medical Affairs for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals from January 2006 to March 2009 and directed all medical affairs responsibilities for the cervical cancer vaccine in North America. Dr. Tursi entered the pharmaceutical industry in 2004 as a Medical Director for Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals until 2006. He worked on several products and therapeutic areas, which included female sexual dysfunction, overactive bladder, and osteoporosis. His responsibilities included clinical development and medical affairs. Dr. Tursi was a board certified OB/GYN and practiced medicine and surgery for over 10 years. Dr. Tursi received his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Tursi has served as a member of the board of directors of Agile Therapeutics, a women’s health specialty pharmaceutical company, since October 2014.

Kenneth Lee

Mr. Kenneth B. Lee, Jr. is Lead Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, he was a director of Pozen from 2002 to February 5, 2016, and from 2002 was also Pozen’s lead independent director. Since June 2002 he has been an independent consultant and general partner of Hatteras Venture Partners (formerly Hatteras BioCapital. LLC and BioVista Capital, LLC), and the general partner of Hatteras BioCapital Fund, L.P., a venture capital fund focusing on life sciences companies, since 2003. Mr. Lee was President of A.M. Pappas & Associates, a venture capital firm, between January 2002 and June 2002. He was a Partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 1982 through 2000, and a Partner of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Lee was the Managing Director of Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Corporate Finance Group from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Lee serves on the board of Biocryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public company, for which he serves as chairman of the audit committee and chairman of the finance committee. He is also a director of Clinverse, Inc. and Clinipace Worldwide, two privately held companies. Previously, he served on the boards of CV Therapeutics, Inc., for which he served as lead independent director and chair of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee, Abgenix, Inc., for which he served on the audit committee, OSI Pharmaceuticals, for which he served as a member of the audit committee, Inspire Pharmaceuticals Inc., for which he served as chairman of the board of directors, chair of the audit committee and a member of the compensation committee and finance committee, and Maxygen, Inc., for which he served as chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating/ governance committee and the compensation committee. Mr. Lee served as a member of the executive committee of the Board of the North Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Jason Aryeh

Mr. Jason M. Aryeh is Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. He is the founder and managing general partner of JALAA Equities, LP, a private hedge fund focused on the biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical sector, and has served in such capacity since 1997. Mr. Aryeh is the Chairman of the Board and a Director of QLT (since June 2012) and serves as the Chairman of both QLT’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and its Strategic Action Committee. Mr. Aryeh also serves on the Board of Directors of Ligand Paharmaceuticals (LGND), a public biotechnology company since (2006), CorMatrix Cardiovascular, a medical device company (since 2010), and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Board (since 2011). Previously, Mr. Aryeh served as a Director of both Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, prior to its merger with Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in November 2012, and of Myrexis, Inc. (until January 2013), both of which were public biotechnology companies.

Neal Fowler

Mr. Neal F. Fowler is Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. He was previously a director of Pozen from 2011 through February 5, 2016. Mr. Fowler has been Chief Executive Officer of Liquidia Technologies, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company since 2008 and Chief Executive Officer of Envisia Technologies, a privately held biotechnology company, since 2013. Mr. Fowler was the President of Centocor, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson from 2006 to 2008. President of Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson from 2004 to 2006 and Franchise Vice President-CNS from 2001 to 2004. He held various positions at Eli Lilly and Company from 1988 to 2001, including Area Director, Primary Care Division, Director U.S. Cardiovascular Business Unit, Cardiovascular Product Manager, Operations Manager, Southwest Area, Manager Medical Device and Diagnostics, Associate, Marketing Plans, Endocrinology, Associate, Business Development/New Product Planning, Oncology, and Retail Sales Representative.

Robert Harris

Mr. Robert Paul Harris is Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. He served as a is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Tribute since December 1, 2011. Mr. Harris founded Tribute Pharma, which later became Tribute Pharma Canada Inc. and Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Ltd in November 2005. Tribute acquired both Tribute Pharma Canada Inc. and Tribute Pharmaceuticals Canada Ltd. on December 1, 2011. Mr. Harris was formerly the President and CEO of Legacy Pharmaceuticals Inc. from September 2004 to October 2005. As the VP of Business Development at Biovail Corporation from October 1997 to September 2004, Mr. Harris was involved in, led and successfully concluded numerous business development transactions, including the licensing of new chemical entities, the acquisition of mature products, the completion of co-promotion deals, distribution agreements, product development and reformulation transactions. Mr. Harris joined Biovail in 1997 as the GM of Biovail Pharmaceuticals Canada at a time when the company experienced rapid growth in the Canadian division. Before Biovail, Mr. Harris worked in various senior commercial management positions during his twenty-year tenure at Wyeth (Ayerst) from 1977 to 1997 and has been involved in numerous product launches during his career.

Seth Rudnick

Dr. Seth A. Rudnick, M.D. is Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, he was a director of Pozen from 2001 through February 5, 2016. Dr. Rudnick has been a venture partner and previously general partner at Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm, since 1998, from which he is now retired. Formerly, Dr. Rudnick was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of CytoTherapeutics Inc., a company developing stem cell-based therapies. He helped found and served as the Head of Research and Development for Ortho Biotech, a division of Johnson & Johnson focusing on cancer and chronic illnesses from 1991 to 1998. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the following privately held biotechnology companies: Chimerix, Inc., Meryx Pharmaceuticals, for which he serves as Chairman, Liquidia Technologies, Inc., for which he serves as Chairman, and G1 Therapeutics, for which he serves as Executive Chairman. Dr. Rudnick also serves on the Board of Square 1, a public company. Currently he is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Rudnick brings deep operational experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries acquired through a variety of senior research and development positions in several large and mid-size pharmaceutical companies and as Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of CytoTherapeutics, Inc., Chairman of Liquidia Technologies, Inc., Executive Chairman of GI Therapeutics, and Chairman of Meryx Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Rudnick retired from Canaan Partners, a global venture capital firm with significant investments in the healthcare sector, where he served as general and now a venture partner since 1998, which has provided him with significant experience in and insight into life sciences investments.

F. Martin Thrasher

Mr. F. Martin Thrasher is Independent Director of the Company, since February 5, 2016. Previously, he was a director of Tribute since 2009. Mr. Thrasher is a seasoned international executive. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Toronto, Mr. Thrasher spent over 30 years working around the globe for companies such as General Foods from 1973 to 1977, McCormick & Co from 1977 to 1988, Campbell Soup Co. from 1988 to 2001 and ConAgra Foods Inc. from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Thrasher has lived and worked in Canada, Australia, Belgium and the U.S. His responsibilities with Campbell Soup Co. included positions as President, International Grocery and President, North America Grocery. At ConAgra Foods Inc., he was President of the Retail Products Co, a $9 billion business with over 30,000 employees. Mr. Thrasher has been President of FMT Consulting, a boutique advisory and consulting firm since August 2004.