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Akebia Therapeutics Inc (AKBA.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Muneer Satter

56 2012 Independent Chairman of the Board

John Butler

52 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jason Amello

48 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Nicole Hadas

44 2013 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Michel Dahan

38 2013 Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Rita Jain

2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Karen Tubridy

54 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Scott Canute

57 2016 Independent Director

Michael Clayman

65 2014 Independent Director

Maxine Gowen

59 2014 Independent Director

Duane Nash

46 2013 Independent Director

Ronald Renaud

48 2014 Independent Director

Michael Wyzga

62 2014 Independent Director

Theresa McNeely

2017 Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Muneer Satter

Mr. Muneer A. Satter is the Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2012. Mr. Satter has been Founder and Managing Partner of Satter Medical Technology Partners, L.P. since 2016, Chairperson of Satter Investment Management LLC since 2012, and he also manages the Satter Foundation. Prior to Satter Investment Management, Mr. Satter was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 24 years in various roles, most recently as the Global Head of the Mezzanine Group in the Merchant Banking Division, where he raised and managed over $30 billion of assets. Mr. Satter is co-chairperson of the Board of Directors of Linq3 Technologies LLC, Vital Therapies, Aerpio Therapeutics and Restorsea Holdings, LLC and a director of Annexon Biosciences. He also serves as vice chairperson of Goldman Sachs Foundation and GS Gives, is a director of the Navy SEAL Foundation, a director of World Business Chicago, is on the Board of Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute and is on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University where he is Chairperson of the Finance Committee. Mr. Satter received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

John Butler

Mr. John P. Butler serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Butler joined Akebia as a director in July 2013 and was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Akebia in September 2013. Prior to joining Akebia, from 2011 until 2013, Mr. Butler served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in October 2012 prior to the successful sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013 for total aggregate consideration that could exceed $1 billion. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Butler held various positions at Genzyme Corporation, most recently serving as President of the company’s rare genetic diseases business. From 2002 until 2010, Mr. Butler led Genzyme’s renal division. Prior to his work at Genzyme, Mr. Butler held sales and marketing positions at Amgen and Hoffmann-La Roche. Mr. Butler currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Kidney Fund and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in Chemistry from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College, City University of New York.

Jason Amello

Mr. Jason A. Amello has been the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., since 2013. He joined Akebia as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2013. Prior to joining Akebia, Mr. Amello served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ziopharm Oncology, Inc. from 2012 to 2013. From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Amello held various positions at Genzyme Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, and led the Strategic Financial Services group through which he served as a key advisor on all of Genzyme’s mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Amello spent 10 years in the business advisory and assurance practice of Deloitte, serving in various roles of increasing responsibility through senior manager. Mr. Amello currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Baptist Hospital and is the Chairperson of the Quality of Care Committee and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee. Mr. Amello holds a B.A. from Boston College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Nicole Hadas

Ms. Nicole R. Hadas serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company. She joined Akebia in 2013 and is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Akebia, Ms. Hadas was Vice President and General Counsel at OvaScience, Inc. in 2013. Previously, Ms. Hadas served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in October 2012 prior to the successful sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013 for a total aggregate consideration that could exceed $1 billion. From 2001 to 2011, Ms. Hadas worked at Genzyme Corporation, most recently as Senior Corporate Counsel. Prior to Genzyme, she was an associate at Foley Hoag representing biopharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in a wide variety of matters. Ms. Hadas received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Michel Dahan

Mr. Michel Dahan serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Akebia, from 2010 to 2013, Mr. Dahan held various positions at Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in October 2012 prior to the successful sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013, most recently as Vice President, Commercial Development and Strategic Planning, and led the global marketing and commercial development in preparation for two global launches. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2010, Mr. Dahan served in various roles for Ipsen, most recently as International Product Director, working on global marketing and strategic planning for their hemophilia franchise, and Strategic Planning Director. Previously, he was in Global Business Development and Licensing for Ipsen. He began his career at BNP Paribas in the investment banking division in 2002. He earned his graduate degree in business administration at HEC Paris (France), his maitrise in mathematics from University Paris VI (France) and completed his executive education program (PLD) at Harvard Business School.

Rita Jain

Karen Tubridy

Ms. Karen Tubridy serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the Company. She joined Akebia as Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, in November 2016. Prior to joining Akebia, Ms. Tubridy served as Chief Development Officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics from June 2013 to September 2016. Prior to joining Eleven Biotherapeutics, from December 2011 to March 2013, Ms. Tubridy served as Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a company that filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in October 2012 prior to the successful sale of its hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International in early 2013. Prior to joining Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, from January 2011 to November 2011, Ms. Tubridy served as Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Translational Medicine of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, when Taligen Therapeutics was acquired by Alexion Pharmaceuticals, and as Vice President of Clinical Operations and Regulatory Affairs of Taligen Therapeutics from April 2010 to January 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Tubridy served as Vice President of Clinical Operations, Hemophilia at Biogen Idec, Inc. from January 2007 through March 2010. Ms. Tubridy received a B.S. and a Pharm.D. from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.

Scott Canute

Mr. Scott A. Canute is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2016. Mr. Canute has more than 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, currently serving on the Boards of Directors of Oncobiologics, Flexion Therapeutics, and Proteon Therapeutics. Mr. Canute served as President of Global Manufacturing and Corporate Operations of Genzyme Corporation from 2010 until 2011. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Canute spent 25 years at Eli Lilly and Company and served as President, Global Manufacturing Operations from 2004 until 2007, where he directed all manufacturing and supply chain activities for Eli Lilly and the company’s global operations. Mr. Canute received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Michael Clayman

Dr. Michael D. Clayman, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Clayman has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Dr. Clayman is a co-founder and Director of Flexion Therapeutics, Inc. and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since the company’s inception in 2007. Previously, Dr. Clayman served in senior management positions at Eli Lilly and Company, or Lilly, most recently as Vice President, Lilly Research Laboratories, and General Manager of Chorus, Lilly’s early-phase development accelerator. Prior to Lilly, Dr. Clayman was an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centered on the immunopathogenesis of renal disease. Additionally, Dr. Clayman is the recipient of the Physician Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health. Since December 2015, Dr. Clayman has been serving as a director of Anokion SA. Dr. Clayman earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Following an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco Moffitt Hospitals, Dr. Clayman completed clinical and research fellowships in nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maxine Gowen

Dr. Maxine Gowen, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Gowen has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Dr. Gowen joined Trevena, Inc. in 2007 as its founding President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this position, Dr. Gowen held a variety of leadership roles at GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK, over a period of 15 years. As Senior Vice President for the company’s Center of Excellence for Drug Discovery, she developed an innovative new approach to externalizing drug discovery. Dr. Gowen was previously President and Managing Partner at SR One, the venture capital subsidiary of GSK, where she led its investments in and served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies. Dr. Gowen also previously served as Vice President, Drug Discovery, Musculoskeletal Diseases at GSK, where she was responsible for drug discovery and early development for osteoporosis, arthritis and metastatic bone disease. Dr. Gowen graduated with a B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, U.K., received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gowen served on the Board of Directors of Human Genome Sciences until the company’s acquisition by GSK in July 2012, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Idera Pharmaceuticals, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, or BIO, and its Pennsylvania affiliate, LifeSciences PA.

Duane Nash

Dr. Duane Nash, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2013. Dr. Nash has been President of Vital Therapies, Inc., or Vital Therapies, since March 2016. Dr. Nash previously served as Executive Vice President since 2013 and Chief Business Officer since 2012. In 2012 and 2013, he also served as Medical Director. Dr. Nash joined Vital Therapies from Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences, an investment bank, where he was employed from March 2009 to March 2012 serving most recently as Senior Vice President in Equity Research. Before that he was a research analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, an investment bank, from April 2008 through March 2009, which was subsequently acquired by Wedbush Securities, Inc. Dr. Nash also practiced as an attorney from November 2002 to February 2008, most recently at the law firm of Davis Polk, where he focused on intellectual property litigation and corporate matters. Dr. Nash earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.B.A. from the University of Oxford. Dr. Nash completed his internship in general surgery at the University of California at San Francisco.

Ronald Renaud

Mr. Ronald C. Renaud, Jr. is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ronald C. Renaud, Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. Mr. Renaud has been the Chief Executive Officer of RaNA Therapeutics, Inc. since December 2014. Previously, Mr. Renaud served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Idenix, from October 2010 through its acquisition by Merck which was completed in August 2014. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Idenix from the time he joined Idenix in June 2007 and was additionally appointed Chief Business Officer in June 2010. Prior to joining Idenix, Mr. Renaud served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. from February 2006 to May 2007. He was a senior research analyst and global sector coordinator for JP Morgan Securities from May 2004 until February 2006, where he was responsible for the biotechnology equity research effort, covering all ranges of capitalized biotechnology companies. He also spent more than five years at Amgen Inc., where he held positions in clinical research, investor relations and finance. Mr. Renaud currently serves as a director of RaNA Therapeutics, Inc. and PTC Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Renaud holds a B.A. from St. Anselm College and an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Michael Wyzga

Mr. Michael S. Wyzga is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently a consultant to a number of biotechnology companies. Prior to that, Mr. Wyzga served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Radius Health, Inc. from December 2011 to November 2013. Prior to joining Radius Health, Mr. Wyzga served in various senior management positions at Genzyme Corporation. Mr. Wyzga joined Genzyme in February 1998 and most recently served as Executive Vice President, Finance from May 2003 until November 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer from July 1999 until November 2011. Mr. Wyzga previously served on the Board of Directors of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. which was acquired by Merck in August 2014, where he also served as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee; Prosensa Holding N.V., which was acquired by BioMarin Falcons B.V. in 2014; and Altus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that ceased operations in November 2009. Mr. Wyzga currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oncomed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he is a member of the Audit Committee, and Exact Sciences Corp. where he is also a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Wyzga received a M.B.A. from Providence College and a B.S. from Suffolk University.

Theresa McNeely