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The Board

Meet the members of our Board of Directors. They have wide commercial and technical experience in pharmaceutical product and business development, finance and R&D.

Peter Jensen Allergy TherapeuticsPeter Jensen

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter joined the Board in October 2010 and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 1st January 2011. As Non-Executive Chairman, Peter is responsible for the leadership of the Board by ensuring clear company strategy, board effectiveness, good corporate governance and effective communication with shareholders. Peter held a number of senior roles in his 21 years with SmithKline-Beecham. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Chairman of Consumer Healthcare Europe. Then between 1998 and 2001 he held the position of President of Worldwide Supply Operations, based in Philadelphia.

Since leaving SmithKline-Beecham at the time of the merger with Glaxo, Peter has held a number of non-executive director and chairman roles for various public and private companies. These include Domino Printing Sciences plc, Glenmorangie plc, Genetix Group plc, Celsis International plc and Victoria plc. In addition to his role at Allergy Therapeutics, Peter is currently Chairman of Nottingham Racecourse, Screendragon Limited, The Home of Horseracing Trust Limited and The British Sporting Art Trust and is a director of The Osborne Studio Gallery Limited.

Peter chairs the Nomination Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee.

 

Stephen SmithStephen Smith Allergy Therapeutics

Non-Executive Director

Stephen is a Chartered Management Accountant, Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and Member of the Institute for Turnaround.  Since 1995, he has operated as an independent executive, Non-Executive Director and interim manager (CRO/CEO/COO/FD) on an international basis.  Up to 1995, Stephen held various senior financial positions in UK-based international public companies, including 6 years as Group Treasurer of The Rank Organisation and 3 years as Group Finance Director of a quoted hotel company. Stephen chairs the Audit and Remuneration Committees, is a member of the Nomination Committee that he chaired until 1st January 2011 and is the Senior Non-Executive Director.

 

Thomas Lander Allergy TherapeuticsThomas Lander

Non-Executive Director

Thomas is board-certified in internal medicine and diabetology and, moreover, has a strong scientific background in oncology and immunology with a special emphasis on immunotherapy.  He trained at the Technical University and the Institute for Immunology, Munich, Germany.  He has spent more than 25 years in senior executive positions in R&D within the pharmaceutical industry, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Novo Nordisk, Bristol-Myers-Squibb and GlaxoWellcome (GlaxoSmithKline) before joining Merck KGaA (Merck Serono) as Executive Vice President, Global Clinical R&D and Chief Medical Officer in 2003.

In 2006 he made a move to the biotech industry as Managing Director of CureVac GmbH, Tuebingen.  Since 2009, Thomas has been working as a strategic consultant and also a non-executive director for several European pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Thomas sits on the Remuneration Committee.

 

Tunde Otulana

Non-Executive Director

Tunde joined the Board in June 2017 bringing over 20 years’ pharmaceutical industry knowledge and significant executive level experience in clinical development and medical affairs roles. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals where he has responsibility for all global medical functions, and has previously worked for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical Inc. as Senior Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs. He has previously spent over six years working at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Medical Officer and Medical Team Leader in the Division of Pulmonary-Allergy Drug Products.

 

Jeff Barton

Non-Executive Director

Jeff has been nominated to the Board by Abbott Laboratories and is currently Vice President, Licensing and Acquisitions at Abbott. During his time in this role, Abbott has executed several strategically important transactions including the acquisition of St. Jude Medical, CFR Pharmaceuticals and Veropharm. He joined Abbott in 1990 and during his career has held a variety of financial management positions across their businesses, including in Diagnostics, Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals.

Mr Barton holds a degree in accounting from Indiana University, and a Masters of Management from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 

 

Manuel Llobet Allergy TherapeuticsManuel Llobet

Chief Executive Officer

Manuel joined the group in July 2009 following the successful refinancing in which Azure Ventures Limited was the main investor. Prior to this appointment, Manuel was the Principal Consultant for Biohealth LLC and CEO of International Operations of the Weinstein family’s group of companies.  Manuel was responsible for international development of the Weinstein family’s group of pharmaceutical companies in 20 countries. Manuel has over ten years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily in South America.

During this time he served as Executive Director of Corporación Drokasa, where he was responsible for a US$25 million AAA-rated bond issue to finance the group’s expansion plans; CEO of Laboratorios Andrómaco, where he led the group to an IPO on the Santiago Stock Exchange; and Business Development Manager for Laboratorio Chile.  Manuel participated in the Executive Program at the Graduate Business School of Stanford University and has an MBA from IESE, Universidad de Navarra in Barcelona.  Manuel also has degrees in Industrial Business Management and Chemical Engineering from Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona.

As Chief Executive Officer, Manuel is responsible for the executive management of group operations, investor relations, and implementation of the Board’s collective decisions overseeing all operational aspects of the Group and directing the long-term strategy.

 

Nick Wykeman Nick Wykeman

Finance Director 

Nick joined Allergy Therapeutics on 9th June 2016 as Finance Director. Nick was most recently at Skyepharma PLC until August 2015 where he was the Group Financial Controller for six years. Prior to that, he had also worked at Quest International (a part of ICI PLC) as the Group Financial Controller (Special Projects), following six years at Deloitte & Touche. Nick has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and is a qualified accountant, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

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