Board of Directors
Ms. Curran has served as a member of the Board since November 2016. Ms. Curran has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Phathom Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, since December 2019 and has served as the President of Phathom Pharmaceuticals since November 2020. From April 2017 to November 2019, Ms. Curran served as President, Global Inflammation and Immunology Franchise of Celgene Corporation, a biotechnology company, and as a member of its Executive Committee. Previously, she was Head of Worldwide Markets for Celgene’s Global Inflammation and Immunology Franchise. Ms. Curran joined Celgene in 2013 as the U.S. Commercial Head of the Global Inflammation and Immunology Franchise and built the capabilities and recruited the teams that executed the successful U.S. launch of OTEZLA®. Before Celgene, she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager—Global Women’s Health business at Merck and Co., Inc. At Merck, she was responsible for all commercial activities within the global business and led a number of successful global product launches. Prior to Merck, Ms. Curran was a General Manager at Schering-Plough where she successfully launched Remicade in Switzerland and Australia. Ms. Curran currently serves on the boards of directors of Phathom Pharmaceuticals and Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc., both pharmaceutical companies. From March 2014 to March 2017, Ms. Curran served as a director of H. Lundbeck A/S, a global pharmaceutical company specialized in psychiatric and neurological disorders. Ms. Curran received her B.S. and Graduate Diploma of Marketing degrees from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. We believe that Ms. Curran’s extensive leadership experience and knowledge of the life sciences industry qualifies her to serve on the Board.
Mr. Guinan has served as a member of the Board since July 2018. Since July 2013, Mr. Guinan has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, a provider of diagnostic information services. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., a manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry. Previously, he served in a number of finance and operations roles in a long career at Johnson & Johnson including from 2009 to 2010 as Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, and 2005 to 2009 as Vice President, Group Finance Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 1997, he held a number of finance roles at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Guinan received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Olin Business School at the Washington University in St. Louis. We believe that Mr. Guinan’s substantial executive management, business development and finance experience qualify him to serve on the Board.
Since December 2019, Ms. Gulfo has served as Chief Commercial and Business Development Officer at Sumitovant Biopharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company and a subsidiary of Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd., in which capacity she is responsible for overseeing global business development and commercialization activities across a diverse pipeline. Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd. is our majority shareholder and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. From May 2020 to March 2021, Ms. Gulfo served as the Interim Chief Commercial Officer of Myovant Sciences, Inc. From May 2018 to December 2019, Ms. Gulfo served as Chief of Commercial Development at Roivant, a pharmaceutical company, in which capacity she was responsible for directing business development activities and overseeing commercialization strategies. Prior to joining Roivant in May 2018, Ms. Gulfo served as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Commercial Development for Mylan N.V., a global pharmaceuticals company, from January 2014 to January 2018, in which capacity she was responsible for developing and implementing strategies of marketing and commercialization of biosimilars, branded generic, and specialty pharmaceutical products. Before joining Mylan, Ms. Gulfo spent five years at Pfizer Inc. in a number of executive positions, including President and General Manager, U.S. Primary Care. She also ran Commercial Operations and the Managed Markets organization across Pfizer’s biopharmaceutical business in the U.S. Prior to joining Pfizer, she held several executive positions at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and at the Parke-Davis division of Warner-Lambert (which later merged with Pfizer), and, as the Senior Director, Cardiovascular Marketing for that company, she launched Lipitor, the best-selling pharmaceutical product. Ms. Gulfo currently serves on the board of directors of EnPro Industries, Inc., a company producing proprietary engineered industrial products, and Medexus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. From June 2015 to June 2019, Ms. Gulfo served on the board of directors of Bemis Company, Inc., a manufacturing company. Ms. Gulfo also serves on the Innovation Growth Board for Partners Healthcare and is an advisor for Springboard Life Sciences. Ms. Gulfo received her B.S. in Biology from Seton Hall University, and her M.B.A. (with highest honors) in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus. She studied post-graduate Molecular Biology and began her career at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Because of Ms. Gulfo’s experience in both pharmaceutical companies and commercial development roles, the Board believes that she is able to contribute valuable input to the Board on Myovant’s affairs.
Since April 2018, Mr. Nomura has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Representative Director of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, a pharmaceutical company based in Japan and the sole shareholder of Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd., our majority shareholder. Before serving at his current position, Mr. Nomura also served in a number of executive leadership roles at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, including as a member of the Board of Directors, Senior Executive Officer, Chief Finance Officer and Representative Director between April 2017 and April 2018, and as a member of the Board of Directors, Senior Executive Officer and Chief Finance Officer from April 2014 to April 2017. Before that, Mr. Nomura also held various other positions with increasing responsibilities at Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma from October 2005 to April 2014. Mr. Nomura currently serves on the boards of directors of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, Sumitovant Biopharma and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology, Inc., a pharmaceutical company which was formed by a merger between Boston Biomedical, Inc. and Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2020. He also served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company, from February 2011 to April 2014. Mr. Nomura received an economics degree from University of Tokyo. Because of Mr. Nomura’s extensive knowledge of biotech and pharmaceutical industry and management experience, we believe he is able to make valuable contributions to our Board.
Ms. Potter has served as a member of the Board since September 2018 and has served as the Chairman of the Board since November 2018. Ms. Potter has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sumitovant Biopharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company and a subsidiary of Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd. since December 2019. Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd. is our majority shareholder and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. From July 2018 to December 2019, Ms. Potter served as Vant Operating Chair of Roivant Sciences, Inc, a pharmaceutical company. Ms. Potter founded Myrtle Potter & Company, LLC, a private healthcare and life sciences advisory firm, in September 2005, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until June 2018. From August 2009 until December 2014, Ms. Potter served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Myrtle Potter Media, Inc., a consumer healthcare company. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Potter served as Chief Operating Officer at Genentech, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and from 2004 to 2005, she served as its President, Commercial Operations and Executive Vice President. Prior to that, Ms. Potter held various positions, including President, U.S. Cardiovascular/Metabolics at Bristol-Myers Squibb and as a Vice President at Merck & Co. Ms. Potter currently serves on the board of directors of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc., a diversified global insurance company and several privately held companies, including Urovant Sciences Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company which ceased to be a public company in March 2021 as a result of Sumitovant acquiring all of the outstanding shares of Urovant not previously held by Sumitovant. Ms. Potter previously served on the boards of directors of Axsome Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2017 to June 2020, Immunovant, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from December 2019 to February 2020, Axovant Gene Therapies Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, from September 2018 to February 2020, Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, from October 2018 to February 2020, INSMED Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company, from December 2014 to November 2018, Rite Aid Corporation, a leading drugstore chain, from December 2013 to September 2018, Everyday Health, Inc., a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions, from October 2010 until its acquisition in December 2016, and Amazon.com, Inc., a leading e-commerce company, from 2004 to 2009. She also served on the boards of directors of Medco Health Solutions Inc. and Express Scripts Holding Co., subsequent to its acquisition of Medco Health Solutions, as well as other privately held companies. Ms. Potter earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago. The Board believes that Ms. Potter’s extensive experience leading biopharmaceutical companies and her expertise in commercializing prescription drugs qualifies her to serve as a member of the Board.
Ms. Sebelius has served as a member of the Board since September 2016 and currently serves as our Lead Independent Director. From April 2009 to June 2014, Ms. Sebelius served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). As Secretary of HHS, she presided over 11 operating divisions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health and oversaw the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Sebelius was Governor of Kansas. From 1995 until 2003, Ms. Sebelius held the position of Kansas Insurance Commissioner, and from 1987 to 1995, she served in the Kansas House of Representatives. Ms. Sebelius also currently serves as a director of Exact Sciences Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, Humacyte Inc., a regenerative medical technology company, Devoted Health Inc., a healthcare company, and Grand Rounds Inc., a healthcare technology company. Ms. Sebelius also served as a director of Dermira, Inc., a medical dermatology company, from September 2015 to February 2020. Ms. Sebelius received a B.A. in political science from Trinity Washington University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Kansas. We believe that Ms. Sebelius’ extensive experience in executive leadership and public health qualify her to serve on the Board.