Leadership Team

Richard Paulson

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Ipsen North America

Richard Paulson joined Ipsen in February 2018 and brings more than 25 years of global biopharmaceutical industry experience to the company, with notable achievements for his leadership, vision, and exceptional execution in leading and growing businesses, both in the US and internationally. With a patient-focused mindset and strong track record of successfully building high-performing, customer-centric teams, Richard is responsible for driving continued growth in both the US and Canadian markets across key therapeutic areas of oncology, neurology, and rare diseases. Richard serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to David Meek, CEO of Ipsen.

Richard joined Ipsen from Amgen, where he held varying leadership positions across Europe and North America during his 10 years at the company. In his most recent role as Vice President and General Manager, US Oncology Business Unit, Richard led numerous successful product launches in the oncology and hematology therapeutic areas. Richard also demonstrated his innate leadership ability and passion for employee growth and mentorship through the implementation of a highly successful engagement and people development strategy. Prior to leading the US Oncology Business, Richard served as the Vice President of marketing for the US Oncology Business; General Manager, Amgen Germany; and General Manager, Amgen Central & Eastern Europe. Prior to Amgen, Richard held a number of global leadership positions at Pfizer, including serving as General Manager of Pfizer South Africa and Pfizer Czech Republic. Richard also held a variety of sales, marketing, and market access roles with increasing seniority at GlaxoWellcome in Canada.

Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and his MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Shahrzad Amirani

Vice President, Head of New Products & Innovation

Shahrzad oversees the commercial performance of the Ipsen North America product platform, defining the strategy, design, and roadmap for our products and ensuring they can compete successfully in a highly competitive market across vertical and horizontal market segments. She also provides direction, leadership, and support for developing portfolio compounds and assessing external business opportunities.

Shahrzad has over 15 years of diverse experience across over 20 therapeutic areas in both small molecules and biologics. As a global biopharmaceutical executive, she has led commercial development and lifecycle planning for multiple marketed products. Most recently, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Iridium Therapeutics, an early venture focused on developing breast cancer adjuvant therapies. Prior to that, she was the Vice President and Product Innovation Head for Sanofi Global General Medicines and Emerging Markets, where she built a portfolio of value-added incremental innovations. She also served, among other successive leadership roles, as Sanofi’s North American VP of New Product Planning, Launch Excellence, and Alliance Management, overseeing portfolio commercial development, late-stage biologic assets’ launch preparations, and smooth operations of Sanofi strategic alliances in North America.

Shahrzad started her pharma career with Pfizer Pharmaceutical in Global New Product Market Analytics. She holds a PhD. in Business Administration and Applied Statistics and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Texas.

Bradley Bailey

Senior Vice President and Franchise Head, Oncology and Endocrinology Business Unit

Brad Bailey is responsible for leading Ipsen’s Oncology and Endocrinology Business Unit, including accelerating portfolio growth to better meet the needs of patients living with oncological and endocrine diseases in North America. Brad brings more than 25 years of biotech and medical device industry expertise spanning sales leadership, marketing, training, operations, and market access in oncology. Brad previously served as Ipsen’s Head of US Oncology Sales & Clinical Nurse Educator Team.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Brad held leadership positions at several top life sciences companies. As Principal, Life Sciences Strategy & Transformation, and North America Oncology Lead at Capgemini Consulting, Brad led commercial and operational effectiveness, new product launches, market access, and reimbursement programs for leading biotech firms. Before joining Capgemini Consulting, Brad built a strong track record of success in the oncology space. As Vice President at AVEO Oncology, Brad built a high-performing commercial field organization in preparation for the successful launch of AVEO’s first product in renal cell carcinoma. While at UCB Biopharma, Brad led a launch that quadrupled the company’s revenue over the course of 3 years. In addition to these roles, Brad drove commercial performance and organizational productivity at leading companies, such as Stryker Corporation and Pfizer, Inc., where he successfully led the launch of a blockbuster TKI.

Brad received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Clemson University. He has also completed executive coursework at Harvard Business School.

Jennifer Benenson

Senior Vice President and NA General Counsel, Legal Affairs

Jennifer Benenson brings more than 20 years of experience as counsel in the pharmaceutical industry to her role as Senior Vice President and North American General Counsel. She is responsible for managing the delivery of legal services to Ipsen business units in North America and advising the leadership team on strategic matters.

Prior to joining Ipsen in 2011, Jennifer served as Vice President and General Counsel at Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., for 10 years; Vice President of Legal Affairs at Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, and Vice President, Legal, at Medco Health Solutions Inc.

Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Brown University, including a year of study at the London School of Economics in political science, and her JD from Columbia University School of Law.

Lisa DiPaolo

Senior Vice President, NA Human Resources & Global Talent Acquisition

In her role as Senior Vice President of North American Human Resources (HR), and Global Talent Acquisition, Lisa is responsible for developing and leading the North American HR strategy and driving global talent acquisition strategies. Lisa also serves as a member of the Global HR Leadership team.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Lisa spent nearly a decade at Biogen, most recently serving as Vice President of HR, Global Therapeutic Operations and Executive Search, providing strategic support to the US and European operations as well as supporting growth strategies and setting up new entities in Latin America and Asia Pacific. During her tenure at Biogen, she held a number of positions within the company, including Global Head of Executive Search, Vice President of Corporate Functions, and Head of HR for the Hemophilia Business Unit. Before Biogen, Lisa worked at Smiths Medical, where she led HR for North America for 2 years. Earlier in her career, Lisa spent 9 years at Novartis in various leadership roles and locations supporting Sales & Global Marketing organizations in addition to other roles, including Director of HR supporting the Corporate Group in New York, Head of HR supporting the Corporate Intellectual Property group in Basel, Switzerland, and Head of HR for the Vaccines Division in Massachusetts.

Lisa holds a Master’s of Human Resources Management from Rutgers University and an undergraduate degree in English from Montclair State University.

Ed Dybka

General Manager, Ipsen Canada

Ed was appointed to the role of General Manager at Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Canada Inc. in October 2018. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all of Ipsen’s operations across all therapeutic areas in Canada. Ed is a member of the Ipsen North America Leadership Team and the Ipsen Global Leadership Team.

Ed brings to Ipsen a wealth of experience and over 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry within the Canadian market. Prior to joining Ipsen, he led the development of an early stage biotech company as a joint venture between MaRS Innovation (Toronto) and The Center for Drug Research and Development (Vancouver). Ed also spent time as President & CEO of AstraZeneca Canada Inc., part of AstraZeneca PLC, one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies.

In 2012, Ed led the Canadian establishment of Almirall, a start-up biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of respiratory diseases. Prior to establishing Almirall in Canada, Ed held a number of executive roles at GlaxoSmithKline Canada, including Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Public Affairs & Reimbursement. During this time, he was accountable for the marketing and sales of all GSK pharmaceutical products, including specialty care, oncology, and vaccines, achieving strong commercial performance and employee engagement.

In addition to his role at Ipsen, Ed is currently Vice-Chair of the board of Life Sciences Ontario and a Director on the board of Clinical Trials Ontario. He is also Vice-Chair of the Health & Biosciences Economic Strategy Table for the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, which recently published a set of foundational recommendations to accelerate the growth of the health & biosciences sector in Canada.

Bob Feeney

Vice President, NA Government Affairs and Public Policy

Bob serves as Vice President, North American Government Affairs and Public Policy, responsible for leading strategy development as well as liaising with government officials, public agencies, industry organizations, policy-setting bodies ,and third-party advocates regarding legislation, rulemaking, and general healthcare issues.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Bob was at Sanofi for 7 years, most recently serving as the Head of Public Affairs Competitive Intelligence, where he created a novel competitive intelligence group for North American public affairs activities. While at Sanofi, he also led the public policy function for all of Sanofi’s US and Canadian functional units and subsidiaries, covering prescription drugs, R&D, consumer products, and animal health.

Prior to Sanofi, Bob worked for Eisai Inc. for 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility. At Eisai, he launched and managed US Federal/State Government Relations and Public Policy. He also led regulatory strategies and government stakeholder engagement for all ex-US jurisdictions in North and South America as the Senior Director, Strategic and Public Policy for the Americas, New Markets Group for Eisai.

Bob earned his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and his BA in Business Economics from Canisius College.

Al Garrido

Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, NA

Al is an accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience in corporate and international law. At Ipsen, Al is responsible for driving and maintaining a comprehensive and effective domestic Ethics and Compliance program, leading the way in fostering a culture of integrity and ethical business practices across the company.

Most recently, Al was President and founder of Valcore, a consulting firm specializing in designing and implementing customized compliance solutions for companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, among other highly regulated industries. In this capacity, Al functioned as his clients’ virtual Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, overseeing compliance communication and marketing strategies, risk assessments, auditing and monitoring plans, policy and training development, investigative strategies, third-party due diligence and compliance program effectiveness. Prior to Valcore, Al served for 5 years as Vice President of Compliance and Ethics for Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London, leading the company’s Compliance and Ethics program for its North American region. Al also spent 7 years at Merck & Co., Inc., serving first as Director of Legal Affairs, overseeing legal aspects of the company’s operations in 13 Latin American countries, and then as Regional Business Practices and Compliance Officer, where he led the development of a standard business practices and compliance program for Latin America and Puerto Rico, managing, designing, and implementing global programs.

Al received his law degree (JD equivalent) from the Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas – Venezuela, and later attended the University of Miami School of Law, where he received his US JD. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the Caracas Bar and received the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board.

Ron Graybill

Vice President, Value and Access

Ron is Vice President of Value and Access. In this role, he leads the Strategic Pricing, Account Management, Trade & Distribution, Reimbursement, and Patient Services functions. He is an accomplished managed-markets professional with expertise in consultative sales, marketing, pricing strategies, product revitalization, and life-cycle management.

Prior to joining Ipsen in 2014, Ron was Vice President, Managed Markets, at Mylan Specialty, where he provided strategic direction to senior executives to ensure long-term growth and profitability for Mylan’s branded, generic, and biosimilar businesses. He has also held positions at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Novartis, and Hoechst Roussel Pharmaceuticals, Inc,.

Ron earned his MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Bill Ippolito

Vice President, Business Operations

Bill brings over 20 years of experience in maximizing business results in complex global organizations to his role as Vice President of Business Operations at Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Bill is responsible for the analytical needs of the organization, including forecasting, market research and analytics, competitive intelligence, IT, digital, and commercial operations.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Bill spent 2 years at Kadmon Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company in New York City, as its Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. As a member of the executive team at Kadmon, Bill had overall accountability for leveraging IT to drive innovation, operational excellence, and shareholder value for all areas of the business, including R&D, Commercial, and Corporate. Prior to that, Bill spent 17 years with Daiichi Sankyo, serving for 14 of them as the company’s Chief Information Officer, where he chaired the Global IT Steering C,ommittee and sat on the North American executive leadership team. In these roles, he was accountable for setting strategic direction for enterprise systems (Commercial, Corporate, and R&D) and governing all global IT standards, shared operations, programs, and policies for all areas of the business.

Bill earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.,

François Lafleur

Vice President, Global Medical Affairs of the Americas

François joined Ipsen in January 2018 and brings more than 25 years of medical affairs experience in oncology and other key therapeutic areas to his role as Vice President of Global Medical Affairs of the Americas. François is responsible for overseeing the US Medical Affairs team and harmonizing activities across North and South America.

Prior to joining Ipsen, François held lead strategic roles at Celgene as Executive Director, US Medical Affairs, Solid Tumors, and at Pfizer as Vice President of US Oncology, where he played an integral role in launching 3 therapies within a 12-month period. In his most recent appointment before joining Ipsen, he served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Helsinn Therapeutics, where he was responsible for the US Medical Affairs department. In this role, he led a team that included Medical Information, Medical Science Liaisons, Patient Advocacy, HEOR, Clinical Research Strategy, and Medical Coordinators to strategize and implement all medical affairs deliverables in both oncology therapeutics and cancer supportive care. Earlier in his career, he held senior medical affairs positions at companies including Genentech BioOncology, Sanofi, and Schering-Plough.

François earned his BS in Immunology and Microbiology from McGill University and an MPH in Epidemiology & Family Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Karla MacDonald

Vice President, North America Communications

Karla MacDonald is a global life sciences leader who brings to Ipsen 20 years’ experience guiding business strategy, leading communications and building talent for companies ranging from small biotechs to large pharma. At Ipsen, Karla is responsible for leading communications and patient advocacy across the US and Canada.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Karla held numerous senior positions at Merck & Co, Inc., and served on Merck’s Global Communications and R&D division’s leadership teams. Most recently, she led International and Corporate Responsibility Communications, where she was responsible for advancing and aligning Merck’s communications strategy across its 140 markets outside of the US. Before that, Karla led communications for Merck Research Laboratories, Merck’s R&D division.

Karla also held strategic communications client counsel roles at MacDougall Biomedical Communications and Feinstein Kean Healthcare, and managed investor relations for Creative BioMolecules.

Karla is a Board member and volunteer mentor with the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England, working with leaders of Canadian-led companies expanding into the US. She is also a lead mentor with Canadian Technology Accelerator, helping tech and biotech companies gain access to in-market entrepreneurial resources to help them grow and compete internationally.

Karla holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and a diploma in Communications from McGill University in Montréal, Canada.

Harry O'Grady

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Ipsen NA

Harry brings more than 30 years of business experience and a keen understanding of the pharmaceutical industry to his role as Chief Financial Officer for Ipsen North America.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Harry held Chief Financial Officer positions at CorMedix Inc. and Mylan Specialty. Harry previously oversaw Finance and Finance Operations for the Sterile Business Unit as a Vice President of Finance at Catalent Pharma Solutions. Before joining Catalent, Harry spent 13 years at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., in the roles of Vice President of Business Planning and Administration, Controller, and Executive Director for Managed Markets. At Bayer, he implemented an efficient global business unit model for a $2 billion business unit and spearheaded strategic and operative planning, portfolio analysis, business development support ,and integration.

Harry is a certified public accountant with a BBA in Accounting from Pace University and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Donald Pearl

Vice President, Neuroscience Business Unit

Donald is responsible for building the neuroscience commercial structure in North America as Ipsen builds on its 25 years of global botulinum toxin clinical experience and pursues a comprehensive and ambitious neurotoxin clinical study program.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Donald served as Vice President, International Sales and Marketing at SkinMedica Inc., an Allergan Company. His 25-year career also includes positions of increasing responsibility in neurology sales and marketing. His experience spans selling pharmaceuticals, surgical devices, and topical skincare; leading US and international sales and marketing teams; corporate account management; and leading reimbursement policy and access teams as well as sales operations.

Donald earned his BA from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Healthcare Management from New York University. He is a retired US Army Infantry Officer with experience at the battalion, brigade, and division levels.

Saurabh Sewak

Chief of Staff and Strategic Initiatives

Saurabh joined Ipsen in September 2018 with more than 15 years of marketing experience across multiple therapeutic areas, including an in-depth expertise in oncology. Saurabh partners with the North American Leadership Team to advance Ipsen’s mission and ensure alignment of corporate strategy, global programs, and initiatives to drive agility and execution with a biotech mindset.

Prior to joining Ipsen, Saurabh was responsible for the lifecycle management and commercial development of TESARO’s lead oncology asset in ovarian cancer. He also spent 10 years in a variety of commercial roles at Biogen, during which time he built the Business Intelligence & Operations function for Biogen and was responsible for restructuring and expanding the company’s US sales force in advance of launch for their multiple sclerosis therapy. Saurabh also built the Commercial Assessment function at Biogen and designed a commercial organization in the EU for the launch of the company’s biosimilar portfolio.

Saurabh holds both a PhD and an MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Mississippi and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Pune in India.

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