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Athenex Inc (ATNX.OQ)

ATNX.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Johnson Lau

59 2011 Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Randoll Sze

39 2018 Chief Financial Officer

William Zuo

58 2015 President, China Division

Jeffrey Yordon

71 2017 Chief Operating Officer and President, Athenex Pharmaceutical Division

Daniel Lang

2019 Senior Director - Corporate Development, President - Axis Therapeutics Limited

Rudolf Kwan

67 2014 Chief Medical Officer

Simon Pedder

59 2019 Chief Business and Strategy Officer - Proprietary Products

Kim Campbell

73 2015 Lead Independent Director

Manson Fok

63 2015 Director

Stephanie Davis

56 2019 Independent Director

Jordan Kanfer

50 2019 Independent Director

John Koh

64 2019 Independent Director

Benson Tsang

55 2018 Independent Director

John Vierling

74 2019 Independent Director

Jinn Wu

71 2007 Independent Director

Tim McCarthy

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Johnson Lau

Dr. Johnson Y.N. Lau M.D. serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Company. Dr. Lau has served as our Chief Executive Officer since 2011 and as Chairman of our Board since our inception in 2003. Dr. Lau has had extensive leadership experience in both scientific and business management. He previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ribapharm Inc. (“Ribapharm”), a company that engages in the development, acquisition, and commercialization of products for the treatment of diseases principally in the antiviral and anticancer areas, and oversaw the company’s initial public offering in 2002. Ribapharm was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (now known as Bausch Health) in 2003. Prior to Ribapharm, he served as Senior Vice President and Head of Research and Development for the pharmaceutical company, ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“ICN”). Prior to joining ICN, Dr. Lau served as the Senior Director of Antiviral Therapy Research at the pharmaceutical company, Schering-Plough Corporation. Dr. Lau has contributed more than 200 scientific publications, editorials/reviews and chapters in peer reviewed scientific journals and has edited two books. He was a Director of the Board of Chelsea Therapeutics International, Ltd., a pharmaceutical company, serving as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee as well as the Corporate Governance Committee. He previously served on the board of Porton Fine Chemicals Ltd., a pharmaceutical company now known as Porton Pharma Solutions Ltd. (“Porton”). Dr. Lau has received a notice from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) in connection with his board service proposing that he pay an administrative fine of RMB 100,000 (approximately $14,150) in connection with certain accounting and compliance infractions at Porton that occurred while he served as a director. Dr. Lau has submitted a letter to the CSRC to oppose the proposed fine. Dr. Lau also serves on the board of directors of private companies including Avalon Bi

Randoll Sze

Mr. Randoll Sze is Chief Financial Officer of the company. Prior to his appointment and since October 2017, Mr. Sze served as our Director of Corporate Development and Investor Relations, Asia Pacific. Prior to joining us, Mr. Sze began his career at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited (“Credit Suisse”) in 2006, and was most recently a Director in its Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division in Hong Kong, a position he held from January 2016 to September 2017. While at Credit Suisse, Mr. Sze worked primarily on financing and strategic advisory transactions for both private and public companies. Mr. Sze obtained a B.S. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. degree from Columbia University.

William Zuo

Dr. William W. Zuo Ph.D. serves as President, China Division of the Company. Dr. Zuo joined our company in 2015 as President of our China operations in conjunction with our acquisition of Polymed Therapeutics. Dr. Zuo had served as President of Polymed Therapeutics since 1995 and Chairman of Chongqing Taihao Pharmaceutical since 2012. Dr. Zuo’s career has focused on the development, manufacture, and sale and marketing of various complex API on a global basis, especially injectable oncology active pharmaceutical ingredients. Dr. Zuo was the chief executive officer of the Fibrocell Science Group Companies in Asia from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Zuo oversaw the introduction of the U.S. FDA approved cell therapeutics product, LaViv, to the Asia market. He has overseen the construction of multiple current Good Manufacturing Practices (“cGMP”) facilities in China and has extensive experience with the Food and Drug Administrations in both China and the United States. Dr. Zuo received his Ph.D in Nanotechnology from Rice University where he worked extensively with Dr. Richard Smalley, the late Nobel Prize Scholar in Chemistry. Dr. Zuo also has Master degrees in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Rice University.

Jeffrey Yordon

Mr. Jeffrey M. Yordon serves as Chief Operating Officer and President, Athenex Pharmaceutical Division of the Company. Mr. Yordon joined our company as President, Athenex Pharmaceutical Division in April 2016 and in February 2017 he was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Yordon has held multiple senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry over the last 46 years. Mr. Yordon was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sagent Pharmaceuticals from 2007 until joining us in 2016. Prior to that Mr. Yordon was the COO of American Pharmaceutical Partners where he was a co-founder until the company was eventually sold to Fresenius. Mr. Yordon was the CEO of Faulding Pharmaceuticals, CEO and founder of YorPharm, COO of Gensia Pharmaceuticals and he was involved in the sale of each of these companies to Apotex, Teva and Hospira, respectively. Mr. Yordon was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2014, won a prestigious Innovation Award from the City of Chicago, was appointed to the Chicago Innovation Council in 2014, was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in 2015, has been appointed to be the Chairman of the Board of the Northern Illinois University Foundation, is the Chair of the NIU Political Science Advisory Panel and is actively involved in the NIU Athletic program. Mr. Yordon received a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Daniel Lang

Dr. Daniel Lang M.D. serves as Senior Director - Corporate Development, President - Axis Therapeutics Limited of the Company. Dr. Lang joins Axis and Athenex to lead the operations of the company's T-cell receptor-engineered T cells (TCR-T) immunotherapy platform for oncology and to assist with corporate development strategy for Athenex. In this new role, Dr. Lang will report to Dr. Johnson Lau, Chief Executive Officer of Athenex and Axis, and will work closely with the management teams of both companies. Dr. Lang has more than 25 years of experience as a physician, scientist and investor. Most recently, he was the Chief Investment Officer of RS Value, an investment franchise of Victory Capital, overseeing the RS Value strategies, as well as an analyst and portfolio manager for healthcare investments since 2009. Prior to RS Value, Dr. Lang was an analyst at Farallon Capital Management, a global multi-strategy hedge fund, responsible for healthcare investments. Dr. Lang started his career as a physician scientist, completing a cardiology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University and M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College.

Rudolf Kwan

Dr. Rudolf Kwan serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Company. Dr. Kwan was engaged on a consultant basis. Dr. Kwan has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in global clinical development and operations. Before joining us, he served dual roles at Schering-Plough as Vice President and Regional Head of Asia Pacific Global Clinical Operations and Vice President of Global Clinical Development (“CNS”). In the clinical operations position, Dr. Kwan successfully recruited Heads of Clinical Operations for China, South East Asia, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea and set up the infrastructure to conduct global clinical trials in Asia Pacific for Schering-Plough. As Vice President of Global CNS he was responsible for the clinical development of all Schering-Plough’s central nervous system drugs, globally, where his achievements included overseeing development and execution of a bioequivalence registration strategy for a new formulation of Temodol for glioblastoma, which led to a simultaneous global registration. He also designed and executed multiple global development programs. He held similar positions at Chiron Corporation and was at Smith-Kline Beecham. Dr. Kwan obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from the University of Hong Kong, and received subsequent training at the University of Wales and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom.

Simon Pedder

Dr. Simon C. Pedder Ph.D. serves as Chief Business and Strategy Officer - Proprietary Products of the Company. Dr. Pedder joined our company as Chief Business Development Officer in February 2016 and now serves as our Chief Business and Strategy Officer for Proprietary Products. Dr. Pedder has had a long career in both drug development and commercialization. This includes recent leadership roles with publicly traded biotechnology companies. He was President and CEO of Cellectar Biosciences from April 2014 to June 2015. He was President and CEO of Chelsea Therapeutics from May 2004 to July 2012. Previously he was Vice President of Oncology Pharma Business, and a company officer at Hoffmann-La Roche, as well he has served as the Life Cycle Leader and Global Project Leader of Pegasys/IFN and Head of Hepatitis Franchise at Roche. Dr. Pedder has served on the board of directors of Cerecor, Inc. since April 2018. Formerly, he served on the board of directors of Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. from March 2016 to April 2019 and Delcath Systems, Inc. from November 2017 to April 2019. Dr. Pedder has served as a member of the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology in College of Medicine in the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his Ph.D in Pharmacology. During his longstanding career in pharmaceutical development, Dr. Pedder has led the late stage development and commercial launch of multiple proprietary pharmaceutical products. In addition to his Ph.D in Pharmacology, Dr. Pedder obtained a Master of Science in Toxicology from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and completed the Roche-sponsored Pharmaceutical Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School.

Kim Campbell

Ms. Kim Campbell serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Campbell served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister. More recently, Ms. Campbell has served as the Founding Principal of Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta from 2014 to 2018 and as a professional speaker since 2001. She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit and the United Nations General Assembly. After her tenure as Prime Minister, Ms. Campbell was a fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 1994) and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy (1994-1995) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000), then returned to Harvard to teach at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School (2001-2004). Ms. Campbell earned her B.A. in political science and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.

Manson Fok

Dr. Manson Fok serves as Director of the Company. Dr. Fok has served as a member of our Board since June 2015. Since March 2019, Dr. Fok has served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). From June 2013 to February 2019, Dr. Fok served as Dean, Faculty of Health Science at MUST. Dr. Fok has also served as chairman of Virtus Medical Group since January 2018. Prior to his service at MUST, beginning in October 2011 and until 2014, Dr. Fok served as the chairman of Pedder Clinic, a private medical practice in Hong Kong. He is also the Hospital Director of University Hospital at MUST; President of the Macau Healthcare Management and Promotion Association; Censor-in-Chief, World Chinese Doctors’ Association; Honorary Fellow, Chinese College of Surgeons; committee member, the Council for Medical Affairs in Macau SAR, as well as the Academy of Medicine of Macau SAR, among many other leadership positions. Dr. Fok is also a director of Avalon Biomedical (Management) Limited (“Avalon BioMedical”), an investment holding company with a focus on Asian life sciences development and commercialization. Dr. Fok was awarded the 2014 Gusi Peace Prize in Humanitarianism for his remarkable contributions to medical education, healthcare delivery and cross-border biotechnology developments that act as a bridge within Asia and across continents. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Fok served as the president of the same Peace Prize Foundation to continue promoting peace, cooperation and healthcare development in the Asia-Pacific region. After receiving his medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from the University of Hong Kong in 1982, Dr. Fok was appointed faculty in the Surgical Unit of the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Fok has published many original research papers in high-ranking international medical journals and chapters in various academic books focusing on minimally invasive treatment for esophageal surgery.

Stephanie Davis

Ms. Stephanie A. Davis serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Davis has served as a member of our Board since April 2019. She is currently a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, where she has led the Private Equity/Technology markets in North America since August 2017 and is a core member of the CEO & Board practices. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Davis spent 17 years at Spencer Stuart, another leading global executive search firm where she was a member of the CEO & Board Practice. Earlier in her career, she led the international division of educational software company, Jostens Learning Corporation, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Throughout her career, Ms. Davis has been active with nonprofits, and is currently serving as a Trustee Emeritus for The Buckley School. Previously she has served as a National Trustee for The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and as a board member for Los Angeles Team Mentoring. Ms. Davis is a member of the board of directors of Software Acquisition Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAQN), since November 2019 and is the chair of the compensation committee and member of the audit committee. Ms. Davis is a frequent speaker on board governance and women in the boardroom, including: Princeton University’s She ROARS Conference 2018, “Earning your Stripes: The Journey to Board Membership”; Harvard Business School Reunion 2017, “Women on Boards”; and several corporate conferences. She is a founding sponsor of “2020 Women on Boards” national campaign, and member of WomenCorporateDirectors. Ms. Davis earned her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science in Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University.

Jordan Kanfer

Mr. Jordan S. Kanfer is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kanfer has served as a member of our Board since April 2019. Jordan Kanfer has served as a Managing Director, Convertible and Equity Research at Opti Capital Management, where he is responsible for all aspects of healthcare investing for both credit and equity components, since March 2018. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of Advisors for dB Diagnostics Systems. Mr. Kanfer’s investment management experience includes working in various managerial and senior analyst roles, most recently for Arrowgrass Capital Partners from July 2014 to February 2018, and previously at TPG-Axon Capital, JANA Partners, and SAC Capital. Prior to working on the buy-side, Mr. Kanfer was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and previously worked in the healthcare industry in multiple consulting and operations capacities. He received an M.P.H. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in history from Yeshiva University. We believe that Mr. Kanfer serves as a valuable member of our Board due to his extensive financial experience

John Koh

Mr. John Tiong Lu Koh serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Koh has served as a member of our Board since April 2019. John Koh also serves as an independent director of Kris Energy and Aurora Mobile Limited (Nasdaq: JG). He is Chairman of the Audit Committees of JG and Kris Energy and a Lead Independent Director for Kris Energy. He has also served as a Senior Adviser to Global Counsel, a UK policy advisory business, since April 2016 and as Director of its Singapore company since March 2016. Mr. Koh has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and law having been a Managing Director and Senior Advisor of the Goldman Sachs Group until 2005. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1999, Mr. Koh spent 19 years as a lawyer, including 7 years with Milbank Tweed and Paul Weiss, as well as serving in the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers office. Mr. Koh has an active interest in the arts and the book business as the owner of Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London’s oldest antiquarian bookseller. He is on the development board of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and advisory committees of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden. Mr. Koh received a Singapore government scholarship to read economics and law at Trinity College, Cambridge and is also a graduate of Harvard Law School. He is also the author of the biography of Singapore’s first Chief Justice published in 2008 by the Singapore Academy of Law.

Benson Tsang

Mr. Benson Kwan Hung Tsang CPA serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Tsang brings over 30 years of financial and general management experience to Athenex. Mr. Tsang has served as a partner of Hongsen Investment Management Limited, the GP of Hongsen Investment Fund LP since January 1, 2020. From July 2015 to present, through his consulting firm, Benita Consulting Company, he provides financial and operational advisory services to companies in Canada and China. From March 2010 to June 2015, Mr. Tsang served as the Chief Financial Officer of ATA Inc. From July 2006 to February 2009, Mr. Tsang held the role of Chief Financial Officer of WuXi Pharmatech Inc. where he played a crucial role in the company’s successful IPO in 2007. Mr. Tsang was appointed as an independent director of Pharmaron Beijing Co., Ltd. in November 2019. Previously, from November 2011 to March 2013, he served as an independent director of Shangpharma Corp. Mr. Tsang has also held senior positions at PCCW Ltd., Imation Corp., Coopers & Lybrand and D&T. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Tsang holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

John Vierling

Dr. John Moore Vierling M.D. is Independent Director of the Company, Dr. Vierling has served as a tenured Professor of Medicine and Surgery and Chief of Hepatology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas since 2005. He is also Director of Advanced Liver Therapies (a clinical research unit for adult liver diseases), Baylor Liver Health (a program for liver wellness) and Program Director of the Hepatology and Liver Transplantation Fellowship. He obtained his AB in Biology with Great Distinction from Stanford University and received his MD degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at both the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Cedars-Sinai/UCLA Medical Center, where he was Director of Hepatology beginning in 1990 and later Medical Director of Multi-Organ Transplantation. His clinical interests include autoimmune and alloimmune liver diseases, liver transplantation, hepatobiliary cancers, acute liver failure, viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Wilson disease and drug-induced liver injury (“DILI”). His translational research interest is immunologic mechanisms of hepatobiliary injury in autoimmune and alloimmune liver diseases, cancer immunotherapy, DILI, viral hepatitis and acute liver failure. He has authored over 250 manuscripts, reviews and chapters. Honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Best Doctors in America, Top 1% physician rating by U.S. News and World Report, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in Healthcare. He currently serves on the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Liver Tissue and Cell Distribution System Coordinating Committee and the DSMB for their DILI Network. He also has served as President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Secretary-Treasurer of Digestive Disease Week® and chairman of the National board of directors of th

Jinn Wu

Dr. Jinn Wu Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Wu has served as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of WuXi AppTec from 2015 to 2016 and, from 2017 through October 2018, as Scientific Strategic Advisor to WuXi AppTec Group. Dr. Wu has served as Chairman of the Board of AiViva Biopharma since 2016 and a member of the board of directors of Handa Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2017. Dr. Wu earned a Ph.D in Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry from Ohio State University and spent several years as a research scientist at FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) before founding XBL. He is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences and is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, the American Society of Pharmacognosy and the American Chemical Society. We believe that Dr. Wu serves as a valuable member of our Board due to his extensive medical experience and experience with clinical and preclinical research services.

Tim McCarthy

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Johnson Lau

4,483,840

Randoll Sze

942,989

William Zuo

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Jeffrey Yordon

1,387,830

Daniel Lang

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Rudolf Kwan

1,473,850

Simon Pedder

860,546

Kim Campbell

151,960

Manson Fok

105,807

Stephanie Davis

156,239

Jordan Kanfer

117,740

John Koh

127,240

Benson Tsang

184,036

John Vierling

114,740

Jinn Wu

149,960

Tim McCarthy

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As Of  31 Dec 2019