Our Board consists of:
Alfred F. Altomari
Chairman of the Board
Alfred Altomari has served as a director since 2019. He has been a member of the Recro Pharma Board since 2014. Mr. Altomari has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Agile Therapeutics, or Agile, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new prescription contraceptive products, since October 2010. Mr. Altomari is also a member of the board of directors of Agile and prior to being named President and Chief Executive Officer, he served as Agile’s Executive Chairman. From 2008 to September 2010, Mr. Altomari also served as a consultant to Agile. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Altomari held multiple senior management positions, including Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer, at Barrier Therapeutics, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that developed and marketed dermatology products. In 2008, in his role as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of Barrier’s board of directors, Mr. Altomari completed the successful sale of Barrier to Stiefel Laboratories, which was subsequently acquired by GlaxoSmithKline plc. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Altomari held numerous executive roles in general management, commercial operations, business development, product launch preparation, and finance with Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Altomari also serves on the board of directors of Insmed Incorporated. He currently serves on LeBow College of Business Advisory Board and the Board of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen). Mr. Altomari received an M.B.A. from Rider University and his B.S. from Drexel University.
William L. Ashton
William L. Ashton has served as a director since 2019. He has been a director of the Recro Pharma since 2009. Since the beginning of 2013, Mr. Ashton has been a principal at Harrison Consulting Group, Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical consulting firm. From August 2009 to June 2013, Mr. Ashton was the senior vice president of external affairs reporting to the president and an assistant professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From August 2005 to August 2009, Mr. Ashton was the founding Dean of the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy. Mr. Ashton has 29 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. From 1989 to 2005, Mr. Ashton held a number of positions at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, including vice president of U.S. sales and vice president of commercial and government affairs. Mr. Ashton currently serves on the boards of directors of Galena Biopharma, Inc. and Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Friends of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Ashton holds a B.S., Education, from the California University of Pennsylvania and an M.A., Education, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Winston J. Churchill
Winston J. Churchill has been a director of the Company since 2019. He has been a director of the Recro Pharma since 2008. Since 2007, Mr. Churchill has been a director of the corporate general partner of the common general partner of SCP Vitalife. He has also served as a managing member of SCP Vitalife Management Company, LLC, which by contract provides certain management services to the common general partner of SCP Vitalife. Mr. Churchill has also served since 1993 as the President of CIP Capital Management, Inc., the general partner of CIP Capital, L.P., an SBA-licensed private equity fund. Prior to that, Mr. Churchill was a managing partner of Bradford Associates, which managed private equity funds on behalf of Bessemer Securities Corporation and Bessemer Trust Company. From 1967 to 1983, Mr. Churchill practiced law at the Philadelphia firm of Saul Ewing, LLP, where he served as Chairman of the Banking and Financial Institutions Department, Chairman of the Finance Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Churchill is a director of Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc., Innovative Solutions and Support, Inc., Amkor Technology, Inc. and various SCP Vitalife portfolio companies. In addition, he serves as a director on the boards of several charities and as a trustee of educational institutions including the Gesu School and Scholar Academies and is a Trustee Fellow of Fordham University. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Churchill served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System.
He was awarded a B.S. in Physics, summa cum laude, from Fordham University followed by an M.A. in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Gerri Henwood has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company since 2019. Ms. Henwood also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Recro Pharma, Inc., a company she founded in 2008. From 2006 to 2013, Ms. Henwood served as the President of Malvern Consulting Group, Inc., or MCG, a pharmaceutical incubator and consulting firm. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Henwood was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., or Auxilium, a biopharmaceutical company she founded in late 1999. From 1985 to 1999, Ms. Henwood was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of IBAH, Inc., or IBAH, a contract research organization. Ms. Henwood began her career with Smith Kline & French, now part of GlaxoSmithKline plc. She rose through the ranks to be a brand manager, then the head of Regulatory and Medical Affairs for the U.S. business and then to the position of Group Director—Marketing in the International Pharmaceutical Division.
Ms. Henwood currently serves on the board of directors of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, a position she has held since May 2015. She previously served on the board of directors of Alkermes, Inc. and its successor company, Alkermes, plc, a global biopharmaceutical company, from 2003 until March 2015, and on the board of directors of MAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceuticals company, from 2004 until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in March 2013. Ms. Henwood also serves on the compensation committee of the board of directors of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ms. Henwood holds a B.S. in Biology from Neumann University.
Wayne B. Weisman
Wayne B. Weisman has been a director of the Company since 2019. He has been a member and the chairman of the Recro Board since 2008. Since 2007, Mr. Weisman has been a director of the corporate general partner of the common general partner of SCP Vitalife. He has also served as a managing member of SCP Vitalife Management Company, LLC, which by contract provides certain management services to the common general partner of SCP Vitalife. He has also led the activities of SCP Private Equity Partners II, L.P., a venture capital fund of which he and Mr. Churchill are principals, in the life sciences area; these activities include investments in the United States and Israel. He has also led several other technology investments for SCP Private Equity Partners II, L.P. He has been a member of the investment committee of the Vitalife Life Sciences funds since their inception in 2002 and has worked closely with these funds since then. Mr. Weisman has been a member of the board of directors of CIP Capital L.P., a small business investment company licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration since its inception in 1991. From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Weisman was executive vice president and member of the board of directors of a public drug delivery technology company. In addition, he also operated a management and financial advisory firm focusing on the reorganization and turnaround of troubled companies and began his career practicing reorganization law at a large Philadelphia law firm.
Mr. Weisman possesses extensive experience in venture capital investing, particularly in the life sciences area. Mr. Weisman serves on the board of ReWalk Robotics Ltd. and on a number of private company boards including the boards of DIR Technologies, EndoSpan Ltd., Ivenix, LLC, and Echo360 Inc. He is the chairman of the boards of trustees of Young Scholars School, Young Scholars Frederick Douglass and Young Scholars Kenderton. He is also an advisory board member of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, the venture forum of Temple University. Mr. Weisman holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.