People: Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc (KERX.PH)
Mr. Michael P. Tarnok serves as Independent Chairman of the Board of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. He has served on Board of Directors since September 2007, and as Chairman of the Board since June 2009. Mr. Tarnok served as interim chief executive officer from April 2009 to May 2009. A seasoned finance and operational executive, Mr. Tarnok joined the Board with pharmaceutical industry experience in a wide range of functional areas. Mr. Tarnok spent the majority of his career at Pfizer Inc., which he joined in 1989 as Finance Director — US Manufacturing, and from 2000 – 2007, served as Senior Vice President, Finance in Pfizer’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division. In this position, Mr. Tarnok handled all finance responsibilities for the division, including contracting, trade management, forecasting of product launches and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Prior to joining Pfizer, Mr. Tarnok worked primarily in financial disciplines for ITT Rayonier, Inc., Celanese Corporation and Olivetti Corporation of America. Mr. Tarnok earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from New York University and B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University.
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