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FibroGen Inc (FGEN.OQ)

FGEN.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Schoeneck

62 2020 Chairman of the Board

Enrique Conterno

53 2020 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Pat Cotroneo

56 2008 Chief Financial Officer

Christine Chung

52 2019 Senior Vice President, China Operations

Elias Kouchakji

64 2019 Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

Thane Wettig

2020 Chief Commercial Officer

Kin-Hung Yu

57 2016 Chief Medical Officer

Thomas Kearns

83 2017 Lead Independent Director

Suzanne Blaug

62 2019 Independent Director

Jeffrey Edwards

59 2015 Independent Director

Jeffrey Henderson

55 2015 Independent Director

Maykin Ho

67 2018 Independent Director

Kalevi Kurkijarvi

68 1996 Independent Director

Gerald Lema

59 2017 Independent Director

Rory Riggs

67 1993 Independent Director

Toshinari Tamura

76 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Schoeneck

Mr. James A. Schoeneck serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company. He has served on our board of directors since April 2010. Mr. Schoeneck was Chief Executive Officer of Depomed, Inc., a commercial specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2011 until 2017, and joined the Board of Depomed in 2007. In addition, from 2015 to 2018, Mr. Schoeneck served on the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc. From 2005 until 2011, he was Chief Executive Officer of BrainCells, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining BrainCells, Inc., he served as Chief Executive Officer of ActivX BioSciences, Inc., a development-stage biotechnology company. Mr. Schoeneck’s pharmaceutical experience also includes three years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a pharmaceutical and diagnostics products company. Prior to joining Prometheus, Mr. Schoeneck spent three years as vice president and General Manager, Immunology, at Centocor, Inc. (now Janssen Biotech, Inc.), a biotechnology company, where he led the development of Centocor’s commercial capabilities. His group launched Remicade®, which became one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical brands. Earlier in his career, he spent 13 years at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc. (now Sanofi), a pharmaceutical company, serving in various sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Schoeneck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Jacksonville State University.

Enrique Conterno

Mr. Enrique A. Conterno serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Before coming to FibroGen, Mr. Conterno was a Senior Vice President for Eli Lilly and Company, serving as President of Lilly USA from January 2017, and President of Lilly Diabetes from 2009, until his retirement from Lilly in December 2019. Prior to 2009, Mr. Conterno served in various other roles for Eli Lilly and Company, including President, U.S. Operations, Vice President for the U.S. Neuroscience Business Unit, President and General Manager, Mexico, and Executive Marketing Director, Intercontinental Operations and Japan. Mr. Conterno earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University. Mr. Conterno is a member of the Board of Governors at the American Red Cross and the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Due to his extensive history in the pharmaceutical industry with his successful international leadership and oversight of several product launches, we believe Mr. Conterno is exceptionally qualified to serve as our Chief Executive Office and on our board of directors as we prepare for the global commercialization of roxadustat and continue the advancement of our clinical programs.

Pat Cotroneo

Mr. Pat Cotroneo serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Cotroneo joined us in 2000 as Controller, was promoted to Vice President of Finance, and subsequently promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Prior to joining us, Mr. Cotroneo was at SyStemix, Inc. where he assumed Controller responsibilities for both SyStemix and Genetic Therapy, Inc. (Novartis subsidiaries) from 1993 to 2000. Prior to SyStemix, he was employed by Deloitte & Touche from 1987 to 1993 in various positions. Mr. Cotroneo received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of San Francisco and was selected a Louise M. Davies scholar.

Christine Chung

Ms. Christine L. Chung serves as Senior Vice President, China Operations of the Company. Ms. Chung also serves as Director of our subsidiary FibroGen International (Hong Kong) Limited since 2018, and as the Managing Director of our subsidiary, FibroGen (China) Medical Technology Development Co., Ltd and Director of our subsidiary FibroGen International (Cayman) Limited since 2019. Ms. Chung brings more than 25 years of experience in growing businesses from start-up through various phases of corporate development. Ms. Chung serves in the role of Project Leader of our U.S.-based China development efforts and has overall responsibility for our China local operations. Under Ms. Chung’s leadership, our China strategy has advanced from conceptualization to commercial stage. Prior to joining FibroGen, Ms. Chung was Vice President, Business Development, at eMed Technologies and a management consultant with Monitor Group, the predecessor company of Monitor Deloitte. Ms. Chung received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and is a native of Hong Kong.

Elias Kouchakji

Dr. Elias Kouchakji M.D. serves as Senior Vice President, Clinical Development, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance of the Company. Dr. Kouchakji brings more than 25 years of experience in product development, drug safety, and clinical practice. Previously, he served as Executive Medical Director, Safety, at Amgen, Inc., supporting the development and commercialization of Aranesp®, among other programs. Prior, Dr. Kouchakji was the Global Head Pharmacovigilance and Risk Management at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now Perrigo Company plc), Head of U.S. Safety at Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche), and Director, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance at Serono (now EMD Serono). Prior to his transition to industry, Dr. Kouchakji was a practicing physician with specialization in surgery, having earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Damascus University.

Thane Wettig

Mr. Thane Wettig serves as Chief Commercial Officer of the Company. Mr. Wettig most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer and Metabolic Franchise Head at Intarcia Therapeutics. Prior to joining Intarcia in 2018, Thane spent more than 27 years at Lilly in roles of increasing responsibility, where he served as Vice President of Global Marketing, Strategy and Alliance Management for Lilly Diabetes, leading the development and launch of multiple blockbuster diabetes medicines during a period of unprecedented growth of Lilly's diabetes business. Thane also played an integral role in the design and management of Lilly's highly successful diabetes alliance.

Kin-Hung Yu

Dr. Kin-Hung Peony Yu serves as Chief Medical Officer of the Company.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the Company. She served as our Vice President of Clinical Development from December 2008 until April 2016 when she was promoted to Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Yu brings to us expertise in design and execution of all phases of clinical development programs, including clinical and regulatory strategy, interactions with regulatory authorities in the United States and European Union, as well as experience with successful leadership of clinical teams. Prior to joining us, Dr. Yu was Vice President of Clinical Research at Anesiva, Inc., where she was responsible for management of clinical research, statistics/data management, clinical operations, and medical affairs/medical information for all clinical programs, including the late-stage clinical development and approval of Zingo®, a drug-device combination for pain management. Prior to Anesiva, Dr. Yu was Director, Clinical Development at ALZA Corporation (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) where she was Global Clinical Lead for IONSYS®, a drug-device combination for post-operative pain, and led a successful New Drug Application resubmission with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and multiple interactions with European regulatory authorities resulting in marketing approval in 25 European countries. Prior to ALZA, Dr. Yu held previous posts at Pain Therapeutics, Inc. and at Elan Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Yu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a medical degree both from the University of California, Davis, followed by residency training at Stanford Medical School.

Thomas Kearns

Mr. Thomas F. Kearns Jr. serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Kearns has served on our board of directors since November 1996 and as lead independent director since June 7, 2017. Mr. Kearns is a retired partner of The Bear Stearns Companies Inc., an investment banking firm, where he was an investment banker in the healthcare area from 1974 until 1987. Prior to his career at Bear Stearns, Mr. Kearns worked for Merrill Lynch, an investment banking firm, from January 1959 until August 1969. Mr. Kearns was a trustee of the University of North Carolina Foundation and Endowment Fund for 16 years, he served on the board of directors of Biomet, Inc. from January 1980 until May 2005, and he served on the board of directors of Franklin Street Partners from 2013 until 2018. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina. We believe that Mr. Kearns is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his financial expertise stemming from a career in investment banking with a focus on the healthcare industry.

Suzanne Blaug

Ms. Suzanne Blaug serves as Independent Director of the Company. She has successfully brought new drugs to market at the global, regional, and local country levels in multiple therapeutic areas including Oncology, Cardiovascular, Immunology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Ms. Blaug most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Development at Amgen Inc. from 2012 to 2018. From 2004 until 2012, she was at Johnson & Johnson, where she held several positions including Head of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy, Vice President Strategic Marketing and New Business Development at Janssen Europe, and Area Managing Director – UK, Italy, and Greece. Ms. Blaug started her career at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1983, where she held numerous marketing, strategic, and general management positions in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Ms. Blaug is currently a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, and she serves on the Healthcare at Kellogg Advisory Council at Northwestern University, as well as the Center for the Business of Healthcare Corporate Advisory Board at the University of North Carolina. Ms. Blaug received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. We believe Ms. Blaug is qualified to serve on our board of directors based on her vast commercial and strategic experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Jeffrey Edwards

Mr. Jeffrey L. Edwards serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Edwards was appointed to our board of directors in 2015 after Mr. Edwards retired from Allergan, Inc. Mr. Edwards served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Business Development, Chief Financial Officer of Allergan, Inc. from September 2005 to August 2014. Mr. Edwards joined Allergan in 1993. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Edwards served as Allergan’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development and previously served as Senior Vice President, Treasury, Tax and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Edwards was with Banque Paribas and Security Pacific National Bank, where he held various senior-level positions in the credit and business development functions. In addition to being on the board of directors of the Company, Mr. Edwards currently serves as Compensation Committee Chairman of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a publicly traded life sciences research and clinical diagnostic products company. Mr. Edwards also serves on the board of directors and Compensation Committee of Clearside Biomedical Inc., a publicly traded, development stage pharmaceutical company. Mr. Edwards received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Muhlenberg College and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Edwards is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his pharmaceutical industry experience and public financial expertise.

Jeffrey Henderson

Mr. Jeffrey William Henderson serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Henderson has served on our board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Henderson has 30 years of financial, commercial and pharmaceutical industry experience. He most recently served as chief financial officer for Cardinal Health, Inc. from 2005 until 2014. His many responsibilities at Cardinal Health included oversight of the Company’s China commercial operations. Prior to Cardinal Health, Mr. Henderson was president and general manager of Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and vice president and corporate controller of Eli Lilly & Company. He joined Eli Lilly in 1998 as vice president and corporate treasurer. His prior experience includes 10 years with General Motors, where he served in managerial posts in Great Britain, Singapore, New York, and Canada. Mr. Henderson has been an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity firm, since 2015. He is also a director of Becton, Dickinson and Company and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., and non-executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mr. Henderson holds aBachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. We believe that Mr. Henderson is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his financial and industry background, as well as his global experience in various leadership and management roles in the health and pharmaceutical industries.

Maykin Ho

Dr. Maykin Ho Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Ho joined our board of directors in December 2018. Dr. Ho has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and finance industries. She serves on the boards of directors for Agios Pharmaceuticals, Parexel International Corporation, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and the Institute for Protein Innovation. Dr. Ho is also a venture partner of Qiming Venture Partners and a member of the Biotech Advisory Panel of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. She is a retired partner of the Goldman Sachs Group where she served as senior biotechnology analyst, co-head of healthcare for global investment research and advisory director for healthcare investment banking. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Dr. Ho held various managerial positions in licensing, strategic planning, marketing and research at DuPont-Merck Pharmaceuticals and DuPont de Nemours & Company. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Dr. Ho received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology and a B.S. from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. We believe Dr. Ho is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her substantial experience in the healthcare and finance industries and her expertise in analysis of science and biotechnology.

Kalevi Kurkijarvi

Dr. Kalevi Kurkijarvi Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He has also served on the board of directors of our subsidiary, FibroGen Europe Oy, since November 1997, and as Managing Director (Chief Executive Officer) since January 2019. Dr. Kurkijärvi has been the Chairman and Founding Partner of Innomedica Oy, a business development company specialized in licensing, distributor search, and strategic planning for companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and biotechnology industries, since March 2010, and from August 1997 to February 2010 he acted as Director having financial matters as his main responsibility. He was also the Founding Partner and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bio Fund Management Ltd, a Finnish-Danish venture capital company, from 1997 until 2010. He has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of his family’s import-export trading company, Biketex Ltd, since October 1993. Dr. Kurkijärvi has more than twenty years’ experience in international life science business and over ten years in corporate finance. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Innomedica Oy (Chair), Biketex Ltd (Chair) and Idea Development ID Oy (Chair). He previously served on the boards of directors at other biotechnology companies such as of Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc., Ark Therapeutics Plc, BioTie Therapies Plc (Chair), Hytest Oy (Chair), Stick Tech Oy (Chair), Hormos Medical Oy (Chair), Map Medical Oy (Chair), Bio Orbit Oy (Chair) and Juvantia Pharma Oy, among others. Prior to founding Bio Fund, Dr. Kurkijärvi worked as Executive Director of the venture capital group at the Finnish National Fund of Research and Development (SITRA). He has also served as Executive Vice President at Wallac Oy, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Diagnostics Production Oy. Dr. Kurkijärvi received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Turku in 1992, where he also worked for several years in research and teaching.

Gerald Lema

Mr. Gerald Lema serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lema has served on our board of directors since September 2017. Mr. Lema has more than 28 years of pharmaceutical, diagnostics, healthcare, and consumer experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the U.S., and Latin America. He currently serves as partner and representative director of Cylon Capital, a private investment group based in Tokyo that creates value for brands and technologies in the Japanese and Asia Pacific markets. Prior to Cylon Capital, Mr. Lema served as President of Asia Pacific at Baxter International from 2005 until 2015. He also served as President, Japan at Baxter International since April 2007. Before Baxter, Mr. Lema worked for 18 years at Abbott Laboratories where he held several positions of increasing responsibility in general management, strategy, and business development. His last position with Abbott was Corporate Vice President, Asia Pacific and Chairman, Abbott Japan, in Tokyo. Mr. Lema currently serves as a Director of Catalyst, a global nonprofit organization. He is co-author of Foreign Investment through Debt-Equity Swaps, and published in the MIT Sloan Management Review. Mr. Lema is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program, earned a Master of Business Administration from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, and has a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from Universidad del Valle, Colombia. We believe Mr. Lema is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience in the consumer and healthcare industries, as well as his experience serving in leadership roles at various pharmaceutical companies and investment groups around the world.

Rory Riggs

Mr. Rory B. Riggs serves as Independent Director of the Company. Since April 2010, Mr. Riggs has served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Syntax, LLC and Locus Analytics, LLC, sister development-stage ventures focused on creating a new information technology platform for business and finance. Mr. Riggs is co-founder and Chairman of Royalty Pharma, the largest acquirer of drug royalties, and Cibus Global Ltd., the leading company in gene editing in agriculture. In addition, he sits on the following other boards of directors: Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., Nuredis, Inc., GeneNews, Ltd. and eReceivables, LLC (Chair). Since June 2006, Mr. Riggs has also served as managing member of New Ventures, a series of venture funds focused on biotechnology and healthcare. Mr. Riggs served as the President of Biomatrix, Inc., a biomedical company, from 1996 until 2000. From 1991 to 1995, he was Chief Executive Officer of RF&P Corporation, an investment company owned by the Virginia Retirement System. He was also Managing Director of PaineWebber and Company, in the mergers and acquisitions department. Mr. Riggs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, Vermont and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. We believe that Mr. Riggs is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his industry and management experience and public financial expertise.

Toshinari Tamura

Dr. Toshinari Tamura Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He has served on our board of directors since September 2008. He previously worked at Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., starting in 1972, and ultimately became Executive Corporate Officer and Representative Director. Following the merger to form Astellas Pharma, Inc., he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer of Astellas Pharma, Inc. and served in those roles and on the board of directors of Astellas from April 2005 until June 2008. Dr. Tamura was in charge of research and development of our PHI anemia program in 2004 and has remained familiar with the science of the program since that time. Dr. Tamura served as director of the board of KinoPharma, Inc., a drug development company, from September 2008 to March 2010. Dr. Tamura served as director of the board of IMMD Inc., a drug development company, from October 2010 to November 2012. Dr. Tamura served as an advisor to Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Ltd., a drug development company, from September 2008 to August 2015. Dr. Tamura is currently advisor to INCJ Ltd.,, a government-sponsored private equity firm (from February 2010), Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development, a government-sponsored organization to promote integrated medical R&D (from April 2015), and Japan Science and Technology Agency, a government-sponsored organization promoting science and technology (September 2012 to March 2015, and from April 2018), as well as senior advisor to PRDM Inc., a company focused on providing drug development consulting services for biotechnology companies (from February 2018). Dr. Tamura holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Tamura also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Chiba University, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pharmaceutical Science.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

James Schoeneck

5,661,570

Enrique Conterno

--

Pat Cotroneo

4,326,390

Christine Chung

4,590,290

Elias Kouchakji

4,985,090

Thane Wettig

--

Kin-Hung Yu

5,856,450

Thomas Kearns

452,630

Suzanne Blaug

645,490

Jeffrey Edwards

433,065

Jeffrey Henderson

419,668

Maykin Ho

418,779

Kalevi Kurkijarvi

417,378

Gerald Lema

423,772

Rory Riggs

425,565

Toshinari Tamura

416,462
As Of  31 Dec 2019

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