People: ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc (ACAD.O)
29 Jul 2014
Mr. William M. Wells is Independent Director of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Wells was Chief Executive Officer of Biovail Corporation from May 2008 through the time of its merger with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. in September 2010, during which time he led Biovail’s strategic transformation into a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on specialty central nervous system markets. Following the merger, Mr. Wells served as Chairman of Valeant until December 2010. He was originally elected to the board of directors of Biovail in June 2005 and later served as Lead Director until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Biovail, Mr. Wells held a number of senior executive positions, including Chief Financial Officer of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food distributor and a leading provider of general merchandise products, drugstore and financial products and services, Chief Financial Officer of Bunge Limited, a U.S. headquartered company engaged in the global agribusiness, fertilizer and food product industries, and financial management positions at McDonald’s Corporation in the United States and Brazil. Mr. Wells is currently Chairman of the Board of Evizone Ltd., a privately-held online communications service firm, and is a member of the Board of Directors of EnerCare Inc. and Medgenesis Therapeutix Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. The NCG Committee believes that Mr. Wells’ industry background, including his extensive experience as an officer and director of public companies and his experience with companies that commercialize products, position him to be an excellent resource for the Board. Mr. Wells holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and English from the University of Western Ontario.
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