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bluebird bio Inc (BLUE.OQ)

BLUE.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Daniel Lynch

61 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Nick Leschly

46 2010 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

William Baird

47 2019 Chief Financial Officer

Jason Cole

46 2019 Chief Operating Officer and Legal Officer, Secretary

Kory Wentworth

40 2018 Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Philip Gregory

48 2015 Chief Scientific Officer

David Davidson

55 2012 Chief Medical Officer

Alison Finger

55 2018 Chief Commercial Officer

Joanne Smith-Farrell

2019 Chief Business Officer

Jeffrey Walsh

53 2019 Chief Strategy Officer

John Agwunobi

54 2017 Independent Director

Wendy Dixon

63 2013 Independent Director

Douglas Melton

65 2017 Independent Director

David Schenkein

61 2013 Independent Director

Mark Vachon

60 2014 Independent Director

Elizabeth Pingpank

2018 Director, Corporate Communications

Biographies

Name Description

Daniel Lynch

Mr. Daniel S. Lynch is an Independent Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Lynch is a Class II director who has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2011. Since October 2007, Mr. Lynch has advised and served as Executive Chair or member of the Board of Directors for a number of private biopharmaceutical companies, which include Stromedix, Inc. (until its acquisition by Biogen Idec in February 2012), Avila Therapeutics, Inc. (until its acquisition by Celgene Corporation in February 2012), Edimer Pharmaceuticals, and Ember Therapeutics, Inc., Nimbus Therapeutics (formerly known as Nimbus Discovery, LLC), and Proclara Biosciences, Inc. He currently serves as Executive Chair or member of the Board of Directors of Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC), Sesen Bio, Inc. (formerly known as Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc.) (NASDAQ: SESN), Surface Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SURF), Translate Bio, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBIO), private company SpringWorks Therapeutics, and formerly for BIND Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIND). Mr. Lynch joined Third Rock Ventures, L.P., or Third Rock, as an entrepreneur-in-residence in May 2011, and became a Venture Partner in May 2013, and now he is a Senior Advisor. Previously, Mr. Lynch served as Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of ImClone Systems Corporation, or ImClone. As ImClone’s Chief Executive Officer, he led ImClone through a significant turnaround, helping to restore the company’s reputation and to secure FDA approval of ERBITUX (Cetuximab), a novel cancer treatment. As its Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lynch led negotiations to form the major partnership between ImClone and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Earlier in his career, he served in various financial positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb over a 15-year tenure. Mr. Lynch received his B.A. in mathematics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Nick Leschly

Mr. Nick Leschly serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Leschly is a Class I director who has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2010. Previously, he served as our Interim Chief Executive Officer from March 2010 to September 2010. Formerly a partner of Third Rock Ventures, L.P. since its founding in 2007, Mr. Leschly played an integral role in the overall formation, development and business strategy of several of Third Rock’s portfolio companies, including Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Third Rock, he worked at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Takeda), leading several early-stage drug development programs and served as the product and alliance leader for VELCADE. Mr. Leschly also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of MedXtend Corporation. Mr. Leschly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Synlogic, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYBX) and formerly served on the Board of Directors of Proclara Biosciences, Inc. He received his B.S. in molecular biology from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Wharton Business School. We believe that Mr. Leschly’s operating and historical experience with our Company gained from serving as our President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, combined with his experience in the venture capital industry and drug research and development qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

William Baird

Mr. William D. Baird, III is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Baird has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2019 and our Principal Financial Officer since March 2019. Mr. Baird served as Chief Financial Officer of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. from April 2012 until December 2018. From April 2005 until April 2012, Mr. Baird served as Chief Financial Officer of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (“PTC”). Before that, Mr. Baird held various positions of increasing responsibility with PTC from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Baird previously worked in the life science practice at L.E.K. Consulting, a strategy consulting firm, from 1999 to 2002, and at First Union National Bank as a corporate underwriter from 1994 to 1997. Since June 2018, Mr. Baird has served on the Board of Directors of Axcella Health, a biotechnology company. Mr. Baird received a B.S. from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jason Cole

Mr. Jason F. Cole Esq. serves as Chief Operating Officer and Legal Officer, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Cole has served as our Chief Legal Officer and Secretary since March 2016. Prior to this role, he served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since March 2014. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cole served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel at Zalicus Inc. from September 2011 through March 2014, and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Zalicus and its predecessor company CombinatoRx, Incorporated from January 2006 to September 2011. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Cole was a corporate and securities attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP. Mr. Cole received an A.B. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Kory Wentworth

Mr. Kory James Wentworth is Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of the company. Mr. Wentworth has served as our Vice President, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer since December 2017 and our Treasurer since March 2018. Prior to joining us, Mr. Wentworth held positions of increasing responsibility overseeing finance and accounting teams from December 2008 to December 2017 at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alexion”), including Executive Director and Corporate Controller from November 2017 to December 2017, as Executive Director and Assistant Controller from September 2016 to October 2017, as Senior Director and Assistant Controller from January 2012 to August 2016, as Director, Assistant Controller from January 2010 to December 2011, and as Associate Director, Assistant Controller from December 2008 to December 2009. Prior to his time at Alexion, Mr. Wentworth held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP of increasing responsibility for audit engagements from October 2002 to December 2008. Mr. Wentworth received his B.S. in Accounting from Susquehanna University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Connecticut.

Philip Gregory

Dr. Philip D. Gregory, Ph.D. serves as Chief Scientific Officer of the Company. Dr. Gregory has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since June 2015. Prior to joining us, Dr. Gregory was formerly with Sangamo BioSciences, where he held multiple leadership positions over a nearly fifteen-year tenure, most recently serving as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Research. In this role, he was responsible for the scientific direction and strategic research planning for the company. Dr. Gregory played an integral role in Sangamo’s partnerships and drove early discovery and development for several product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas. Prior to joining Sangamo, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. Dr. Gregory holds a D. Phil in biochemistry from Oxford University, Keble College and a B.Sc. in microbiology from Sheffield University.

David Davidson

Dr. David M. Davidson, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer of bluebird bio, Inc. Dr. Davidson has served as our Chief Medical Officer since February 2012. Prior to joining us, Dr. Davidson served as a senior medical director at Genzyme Corporation, where he led clinical research for programs in Phases I through IV across a wide range of therapeutic areas for more than a decade. Most recently, Dr. Davidson was the medical leader for Genzyme’s gene therapy and Pompe disease enzyme replacement therapy programs. In addition to Dr. Davidson’s translational medicine experience, he has also worked on a number of commercial products, including Fabrazyme and Myozyme/Lumizyme, and was integral in crafting the new drug application that resulted in the approval of Welchol. Prior to Genzyme, Dr. Davidson was a medical director at GelTex Pharmaceuticals Inc. Previously, he completed clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at the Harvard Longwood Combined Infectious Diseases Program. Dr. Davidson received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. In addition, he completed an internal medicine internship, residency training and an endocrinology research fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Alison Finger

Ms. Alison C. Finger has served as our Chief Commercial Officer of the company. Ms. Finger has served as our Chief Commercial Officer since February 2018. Prior to this role, she served as our Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Launch since August 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Finger served in roles with increasing responsibility at Bristol Meyers Squibb, Inc. (“BMS”), beginning her career in consumer medicines before progressing to global leadership roles where she was responsible for launching global, regional and national brands in hematology/oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and migraine/pain. At BMS, she served as Vice President, Global Commercialization Virology from July 2004 to June 2007, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand from July 2007 to May 2009, VP Global Commercialization, Alzheimer’s/Neuroscience from May 2009 to December 2012, and VP Global Commercialization, Hematology from December 2012 to May 2014. Ms. Finger received her B.A. in English Writing from St. Lawrence University and her M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Joanne Smith-Farrell

Ms. Joanne Smith-Farrell Ph.D., is Chief Business Officer of the Company. Joanne has been promoted to chief business officer after joining bluebird in April 2017 as our senior vice president, corporate development and strategy. Prior to joining bluebird, Joanne was vice president, business development transactions at Merck, Inc. At Merck, Joanne led the team that structured, negotiated and executed business development transactions supporting Merck Research Labs. Prior to Merck, she was vice president of strategic transactions at Pfizer, Inc. Joanne holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Catholic University of America and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She was also a Fellow in Biomedical & Chemical Engineering at The Harvard-MIT Division for Health Science & Technology (Dr. Robert Langer's Lab) where she received the NIH National Service Award in Research.

Jeffrey Walsh

Mr. Jeffrey T. Walsh was Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. Mr. Walsh has served as our Chief Strategy Officer since February 2019. Prior to this role, Mr. Walsh served as our Chief Financial and Strategy Officer from March 2016 to February 2019, and previously served as our Chief Operating Officer from May 2011 to March 2016. Mr. Walsh also served as our Principal Financial Officer from March 2016 until March 2019, and from June 2013 to November 2014. Mr. Walsh has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions with responsibility for finance, business development, commercial and business operations, strategic planning and legal functions with established and emerging public and private life sciences companies. From November 2008 to February 2011, Mr. Walsh served as chief business officer of Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. where he played a key role in the growth of the company and the ultimate sale of Taligen Therapeutics, Inc. to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in January 2011. Mr. Walsh started his career at SmithKline Beecham Corporation in finance and worldwide business development roles. He subsequently held senior business development, finance and operations roles at PathoGenesis Corp. (acquired by Chiron Corporation), Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc., EXACT Sciences Corporation and Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corp. Mr. Walsh received his B.A. in sociology and economics from Yale University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

John Agwunobi

Dr. John O. Agwunobi M.D. is an independent Director of the company. Dr. Agwunobi is a Class II director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2017. Since February 2016, Dr. Agwunobi has served as Chief Health and Nutrition Officer at Herbalife Nutrition Institute (NASDAQ: HLF), responsible for training, education, science strategy and product development. He has also served as Co-President of Herbalife since May 2018. Prior to joining Herbalife, Dr. Agwunobi was an independent consultant, advising a number of privately-held health-related companies, including serving as an advisory board member of Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC on behalf of the private equity firm Sun Capital Partners. From September 2007 to April 2014, Dr. Agwunobi served as Senior Vice President and President of Health and Wellness for Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) in the United States where he grew the business and provided insight and advice on the company’s health reform position. From December 2005 to September 2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. His responsibilities included the oversight of the Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs. Dr. Agwunobi has served on numerous boards, including currently as a director at Magellan Health Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) and at the U.S. African Development Foundation. Dr. Agwunobi is a licensed physician in Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He received his medical training at the University of Jos and completed his pediatric residency at Howard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and Master’s in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Wendy Dixon

Dr. Wendy L. Dixon, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Dixon is a Class III director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. In 2012, Dr. Dixon served as Senior Advisor at The Monitor Group. Dr. Dixon serves as a member of the board of directors for a number of biopharmaceutical companies, including Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ: ALKS), Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY), Sesen Bio, Inc. (formerly known as Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc.) (NASDAQ: SESN) and Voyager Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: VYGR), and formerly for Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: OREX), Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: FURX), which was sold to Forest Laboratories, LLC as a subsidiary of Allergan in 2014, Ardea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDEA), which was sold to AstraZeneca PLC in 2012, and Dentsply International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY), as well as a private company, Edimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Dixon also served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Global Marketing for Bristol-Myers Squibb and as a member of the CEO’s Executive Committee from 2001 to 2009. She has had an over 30-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology business, combining a technical background and experience in drug development and regulatory affairs with commercial responsibilities in building and leading organizations and launching and growing more than 20 pharmaceutical products including Tagamet, Fosamax, Singulair, Plavix, Abilify, Reyataz and Baraclude. From 1996 to 2001, she was Senior Vice President, Marketing at Merck and prior to that she held executive management positions at West Pharmaceuticals, Osteotech and Centocor, and various positions at SmithKline and French (now GlaxoSmithKline) in marketing, regulatory affairs, project management and as a biochemist. Dr. Dixon received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Douglas Melton

Dr. Douglas A. Melton, Ph.D. is an independent Director of the company. Dr. Melton is the Xander University Professor at Harvard University, where he has been a professor for over thirty years. He has served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute since 2004, and also as the Co-Chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology since 2007. Since 1994, Dr. Melton has been an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a scientific co-founder of Gilead Sciences, Inc., Curis, Inc. and Semma Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Melton received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, a B.A. in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and received his Ph.D. in molecular biology at Trinity College at Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. We believe that Dr. Melton’s extensive experience in stem cell research and early development and his experience as the founder of a number of biotechnology companies qualifies him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

David Schenkein

Dr. David P. Schenkein, M.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Schenkein is a Class III director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2013. Since February 2019, Dr. Schenkein has served as a general partner for life sciences at Google Ventures. From August 2009 to January 2019, Dr. Schenkein served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AGIO), when he assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board. From April 2006 to July 2009, Dr. Schenkein served as Senior Vice President of oncology development of Genentech. Dr. Schenkein serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Denali Therapeutics (NASDAQ: DNLI) and served on the Board of Directors of Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMI) from April 2010 to April 2017. Dr. Schenkein received his B.A. in chemistry from Wesleyan University and his M.D. from Upstate Medical School. We believe that Dr. Schenkein’s experience as Chief Executive Officer of Agios Pharmaceuticals and as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of biopharmaceutical companies qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Mark Vachon

Mr. Mark Vachon is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Vachon is a Class I director who has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2014. Mr. Vachon served as an Executive Vice President Sales, Integration and Operations at Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. from November 2016 to April 2018. For over 30 years, Mr. Vachon held a variety of leadership positions across the General Electric organization, and was a company officer beginning in 1999 and a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Vachon was President and CEO of GE Healthcare Americas from 2009 and 2010, and prior to that he was President and CEO of Global Diagnostics Imaging, GE Healthcare, between 2006 and 2009. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Vachon was Executive Vice President and CFO of GE Healthcare. Mr. Vachon serves on the board of trustees of Northeastern University and the Board of Directors of Numotion, and the Charitable Health and Retirement Trust. Mr. Vachon holds a B.S. in Finance from Northeastern University and an M.A. from Boston College. We believe that Mr. Vachon’s experience in financial and executive operating roles and in the healthcare field on a global basis qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Pingpank

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