Rick E Winningham
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rick E Winningham has served as Chairman of the board of directors since July 2013. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our spin-off from Innoviva in June 2014. From October 2001 to August 2014, Mr. Winningham served as Chief Executive Officer of Innoviva, where he also served as Chairman of the board of directors from April 2010 to October 2014.
From 1997 to 2001 he served as President, Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology/Immunology/Oncology Therapeutics Network (OTN) and also as President of Global Marketing from 2000 to 2001. In addition to operating responsibility for U.S. Oncology/Immunology/OTN at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), Mr. Winningham also had full responsibility for Global Marketing in the Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Oncology/Metabolics and GU/GI/Neuroscience therapeutic areas. Over a fifteen year period beginning in 1986 with BMS and its predecessor, Bristol Myers, Mr. Winningham held various U.S. and global management positions.
Mr. Winningham is a member of Biotechnology Industry Organization's board of directors and serves on the Health Section Governing Board Standing Committee on Reimbursement. Mr. Winningham served as a Director on the board of directors of the California Healthcare Institute ("CHI") from November 2011 to March 2015. He was elected Chairman of CHI in January 2014, a position he held until CHI merged with Baybio to become the California Life Sciences Association ("CLSA") in March 2015. Mr. Winningham is on the board of CLSA, and served as its chairman from March 2015 to November 2015. He is a member of the board of directors of Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc., and served as a member of the board of directors of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from June 2015 until April 2019. Mr. Winningham holds an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University and a B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University.
Chairman of the Board
Ann B. Brady
President, Theravance Biopharma Ireland Limited
Ann B. Brady, Ph.D., joined Theravance Biopharma in April 2016 as President, Theravance Biopharma Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Theravance Biopharma, Inc., where she is responsible for the leadership and growth of the Company's operation based in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, Dr. Brady leads the company's Global Alliance Management activities with responsibility for Theravance Biopharma's portfolio of strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Theravance Biopharma, Dr. Brady served as Vice President, Alliance Management & New Market Development at Shire, plc where from 2007-2014 she led the expansion of Shire's business in Europe, Asia and Latin America via the establishment of local operating companies and the formation of strategic alliances. She also served as Executive Director on the Board of Shire Pharmaceuticals Ireland, Ltd. from December 2007 until March 2014. Dr. Brady began her career at Elan Corporation, plc and served in broad ranging roles of increasing responsibility across R&D, Operations, Commercial Management and Corporate Development, including Vice President, Business Development, during her 15 year tenure.
Dr. Brady is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland (M Inst D). She also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Avectas Ltd, an early stage, privately held biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Brady holds a BA (Mod) and PhD in Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.
Dennis O. Driver
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational and Leadership Development
Dennis O. Driver is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational and Leadership Development of Theravance Biopharma. Mr. Driver joined the company in September 2014, after serving as Vice President, Human Resources of Theravance, Inc. (now called Innoviva, Inc.) since October 2007.
From 2001 through 2007, Mr. Driver served as Vice President, Human Resources at various companies within the Johnson & Johnson family of businesses including Biosense Webster, Inc., Scios Inc. and Cordis Corporation. Prior to that, he held senior level human resources leadership positions with PeopleSoft, Silicon Graphics, Inc. and Acuson Corporation.
He has a wealth of human resources expertise in both domestic and international operations. Mr. Driver holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Stillman College, where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Driver served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Rhonda F. Farnum
Vice President, Commercial
Rhonda F. Farnum joined Theravance Biopharma in July 2018 as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, where she is responsible for commercial execution of Theravance Biopharma’s branded products, including sales, marketing, and managed markets.
Prior to joining Theravance Biopharma, Mrs. Farnum led marketing efforts for multiple products in the Amgen oncology business unit. Prior to Amgen, she served as the head of the Hematology Business Unit at Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Onyx Pharmaceuticals, she served in increasing marketing and sales leadership roles within the commercial divisions of Pharmacyclics and Genentech. Mrs. Farnum’s leadership has contributed to the launches and commercial successes of brands including Avastin, Tarceva, Herceptin, Rituxan, Imbruvica and Kyprolis.
Mrs. Farnum earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in Physics and Pre-Med, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and in addition has completed programs and boarded registration in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Nursing.
Richard A. Graham
Senior Vice President, Development
Richard A. Graham, Ph.D., was appointed Senior Vice President, Development in August 2020, where he is responsible for leading the progression of late-stage clinical assets through regulatory filing and approval. Since joining Theravance Biopharma, Dr. Graham has served as Vice President of Clinical Pharmacology, and more recently, as Vice President of Clinical Development.
Prior to joining Theravance Biopharma, Dr. Graham spent five years at GlaxoSmithKline working in the area of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, seven years at Genentech/Roche as a clinical pharmacologist and Global Development Team Leader, and one year at Onyx Pharmaceuticals where he headed Translational Medicine. In his nearly 20-year career, he worked across all stages of drug development and all major therapeutic areas.
Dr. Graham received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Iowa State University and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Andrew A. Hindman
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew A. Hindman joined Theravance Biopharma in June 2019 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to Theravance Biopharma, Mr. Hindman held several senior executive level positions in the biopharmaceutical industry, most recently as Chief Business Officer of Acorda Therapeutics since March 2018 and prior to that role he served as their Chief Business Development Officer from May 2014 to March 2018. Before joining Acorda, from April 2011 to January 2014, Mr. Hindman served as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Tobira Therapeutics, a privately-held biotechnology company that was acquired by Allergan in 2016. Prior thereto, Mr. Hindman held senior corporate development and commercial operating positions, including from 2010 to 2011 at Nodality, Inc., from 2008 to 2010 at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and from 1998 to 2008 at Gilead Sciences, Inc. Prior to his operating roles, Mr. Hindman was a member of the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan.
Mr. Hindman holds a B.A. in Economics and MB&B (molecular biology and biochemistry) from Wesleyan University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors (Economics), and an executive M.B.A. from Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Chief Business Officer
Frank Pasqualone has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Operations Officer since July 2016. He joined Theravance Biopharma as Senior Vice President, Operations in June 2014 in connection with our spin-off from Innoviva. Prior to the spin-off, Mr. Pasqualone held the position of Senior Vice President, Operations at Innoviva since January 2014.
Over a 25-year period with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mr. Pasqualone held executive commercial operations positions in the U.S. and globally. From 2010 to 2012, he served as President of Intercontinental Region: Latin America, Middle East and Africa and the global distributor network. He was President of Southern Europe from 2009 to 2010. During his time in the U.S., he ran the Oncology business and led the Diabetes franchise. Since leaving Bristol-Myers Squibb and prior to joining Theravance, Mr. Pasqualone was self-employed in a consultant business.
Mr. Pasqualone holds an M.B.A. from University of Dayton and a B.S. in Marketing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Kenneth R. Pitzer
Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Commercial Planning
Kenneth R. Pitzer, D.V.M., has served as our Senior Vice President, Product Strategy and Commercial Planning since March 2016. Previously, Dr. Pitzer was Vice President, Strategic and Commercial Planning since he joined Theravance Biopharma in October 2014 from Innoviva, where he held the position of Vice President, Strategic and Commercial Planning since January 2008. Dr. Pitzer joined Innoviva in 2002 as Director, New Product Planning, and held various positions in the Commercial Development Department before being promoted to Vice President, Strategic and Commercial Planning in January 2008.
Prior to joining Innoviva Dr. Pitzer worked at Lederle Laboratories, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, as Marketing Manager from 1989 to 1995 and then at Cygnus, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from 1995 until 2002, ultimately serving as the Vice President of Product Management.
Dr. Pitzer earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1987 and an M.B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1989.
Senior Vice President, Technical Operations
Vijay Sabesan has served as our Senior Vice President of Technical Operations since February 2019, prior to which he served in the role of Vice President of Technical Operations and Vice President of Process R&D. He joined the company in June 2014 from Innoviva as Senior Director of Process R&D. With Innoviva from 2004 to June 2014, he held various positions, ultimately serving as the Senior Director of Process R&D.
Prior to joining Innoviva, Mr. Sabesan worked in the chemical process development group at Schering-Plough Research Institute from 1997 to 2004.
Mr. Sabesan has a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Bradford J. Shafer
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Bradford J. Shafer has served as our Executive Vice President and General Counsel since March 2016 and our Secretary since November 2014. Previously, he was our Senior Vice President, General Counsel since September 2014. Prior to joining Theravance Biopharma, Mr. Shafer served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Innoviva, since August 1999.
From 1996 to 1999 he served as General Counsel of Heartport, Inc., a medical device company. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Shafer was a partner in the Business and Technology Group at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.
Mr. Shafer holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and a B.A. from the University of the Pacific, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Philip D. Worboys
Senior Vice President, Research and Translational Science
Philip D. Worboys, Ph.D., has served as our Senior Vice President, Research and Translational Science since March 2016, where he is responsible for leading the progression of drug candidates from the discovery stage into human clinical studies, including clinical pharmacology and biomarker development as well as project management. Previously, Dr. Worboys was Vice President, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) since he joined Theravance Biopharma in October 2014 from Innoviva, where he held the position of Vice President, DMPK since November 2008.
Prior to joining Innoviva, he served as Senior Director, DMPK at Roche Bioscience, Inc. since 2005. Dr. Worboys was an Associate Director, DMPK at Pharmacia Corporation from 2001 until its acquisition by Pfizer, Inc. and was Senior Director, DMPK at Pfizer, Inc. from 2003 to 2005. He spent the first part of his career in DMPK, at Merck Sharp & Dohme in Harlow, United Kingdom, and worked in various capacities at Aventis, Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline prior to that.
Dr. Worboys obtained his Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from Manchester University, United Kingdom. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine at the University of London.