26 Jul, 2018, 16:02 ET
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Amgen's (NASDAQ:AMGN) planned executive succession to address upcoming retirements, the Company announced transition plans for two of its executive vice presidents today.
After more than 21 years of leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry, including the past 16 years with Amgen, Sean E. Harper, M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development, has decided to retire and plans to pursue opportunities in the early-stage biotechnology community. David M. Reese, M.D., currently senior vice president of Translational Sciences and Oncology at Amgen, has been appointed as executive vice president of Research and Development, effective today. Reese will report to Robert A. Bradway, chairman and chief executive officer. Harper will remain at Amgen for a period of time to facilitate the transition to Reese.
In September 2018, Anthony C. Hooper, currently executive vice president of Global Commercial Operations, will retire from this role. Murdo Gordon, chief commercial officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, has been named as executive vice president of Global Commercial Operations, effective Sept. 3, 2018. Gordon will report to Bradway. Hooper will also remain at Amgen for a period of time to facilitate the transition to Gordon.
"I would like to thank both Sean and Tony for the important contributions they have made to Amgen, each bringing their own vital experiences and skills," said Bradway. "They leave the Company having established strong foundations within Research and Development and Global Commercial Operations for the future. It is a testament to their leadership and accomplishments that they have attracted such exceptional talent to succeed them."
"I am looking forward to having Dave and Murdo join us in their new leadership roles," Bradway added. "With their deep combined expertise, they will add meaningfully to helping advance Amgen's mission of serving patients."
Research and Development (R&D)
Harper, 55, joined Amgen in 2002 as vice president of Development and assumed a series of roles with increasing responsibility, becoming executive vice president of Research and Development in February 2012. During his tenure, Harper led Amgen in achieving new product approvals for medicines in cardiovascular disease, oncology, neuroscience and kidney disease; in establishing a leading presence in human genetics; and in expanding the Company's global R&D footprint while transforming its capabilities.
In his new role, Reese, 55, assumes full responsibility for Amgen's global Research and Development activities. Since joining Amgen in 2005, Reese has served in a breadth of leadership roles, including in Development, Medical Sciences, as head of Discovery Research and in Translational Sciences, where he had responsibility for introducing all of Amgen's early medicines into clinical development. Prior to joining Amgen, Reese served on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, San Francisco. In addition, he was director of Clinical Research for the Breast Cancer International Research Group (BCIRG) and a co-founder, president and chief medical officer of Translational Research International (TORI), a not-for-profit academic clinical research organization. Reese is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Reese has published extensively in the fields of clinical research and translational medicine.
Global Commercial Operations
With more than 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry at the time of his hiring, Hooper, 63, joined Amgen in 2011 as executive vice president of Global Commercial Operations. During his tenure, Hooper led the transformation of Amgen's commercial organization, while growing sales by nearly 50 percent, with launches of six new first-in-class medicines for serious diseases and expansion into 50 new countries. In addition, Hooper established Amgen's new biosimilars business, which began launching products this year.
Gordon, 52, who will assume Hooper's role, has been Bristol-Myers Squibb's Chief Commercial Officer since June 2016. In this role he was responsible for commercial strategy across the globe, including all sales and marketing activities, as well as customer operations, access and pricing. Prior to his current role, Gordon served as head of worldwide markets with responsibility for the promotion of all the company's brands globally. He moved to the U.S. in 2003 where he held senior commercial leadership positions in cardiovascular, neuroscience, oncology and immunology, as well as access and government affairs - all areas of continuing focus and importance for Amgen. Gordon joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1989 in Canada, after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Concordia University, Montreal. In addition, he participated in the General Management Program, CEDEP at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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