Board of Directors
Anthony D. Caracciolo
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Caracciolo has served as Chairman since June 2013 and Director since December 2011. He also served as Executive Chairman from January 2017 to July 2018. Mr. Caracciolo was formerly employed at Gilead Sciences, Inc. ("Gilead"), a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need, from 1997 until retiring in October of 2010. During his tenure, Mr. Caracciolo served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations and was a senior member of Gilead's executive committee, which was responsible for the strategic and operational direction of Gilead. During Mr. Caracciolo's tenure at Gilead, Gilead grew from 300 employees to approximately 4,000 worldwide, with commercial activities in 38 countries. In addition, Gilead's sales rose from $200 million to over $7 billion. While at Gilead, Mr. Caracciolo had responsibilities of directing operational and strategic imperatives for two manufacturing sites, development of a portfolio of contract manufacturing organizations, producing over fifty percent of Gilead's commercial products, informational technology, compliance assurance associated with aseptic processing, product development, optimization, technology transfers, and supervision of over 600 employees at six global locations. Mr. Caracciolo received a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science from St. Johns University in 1978.
Nader Z. Pourhassan, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Dr. Pourhassan was appointed a Director in September 2012 and has served as CytoDyn’s President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2012. Prior to that, he was the Company’s Managing Director of Business Development from June 2011 to December 2012, and Chief Operating Officer from May 2008 to June 2011. Dr. Pourhassan was responsible for identifying the opportunity with PRO 140 and instrumental in the acquisition of this asset. He has overseen the rapid clinical development of PRO 140 as a therapy for HIV from Phase 2 development and into Phase 3 trials including the development of trial protocols and interaction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He also has been involved in preclinical and clinical development of PRO 140 in additional immunological indications. Dr. Pourhassan has led CytoDyn’s capital market activities since joining the Company in 2008. He has more than 20 years of business development experience. Dr. Pourhassan received his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1985, his Masters of Science from Brigham Young University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1998. Dr. Pourhassan has authored three books.
Dr. Richard Pestell, MD, Ph.D., MBA, FACP, FRS of Medicine, FRACP
Chief Medical Officer
Richard is clinician and researcher, who conducted clinical training in oncology and endocrinology. Dr Pestell's postdoctoral research was conducted at the Harvard School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital (1991-1993). Dr Pestell holds a medical degree from the University of Western Australia, and an MD and Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physician, Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
His past roles include Executive Vice President at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU has a $5.2B USD annual budget, 22,000 employees, and is located in Philadelphia USA). He was chairman of the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University and Associate Vice President of the Medical Center. As Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (2005-2015) and Director of the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University (2002-2005) he was responsible for the oncology service line and oncology clinical trials and the interface with BioPharma.
He has received >$83M in research grant funding, has more than 700 published works including 44 book chapters, and reviews, is ranked in the world by Google Scholar (#1 cell cycle, #1 prostate cancer, #6 oncology) and received awards for his research discoveries (elected membership to ASCI (American Society of Clinical Investigation), Elected Member, Royal Society of Medicine, the RD Wright Medallion, Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Eric Susman Prize in Medicine, Advance Global Australian Award (Biotechnology), a Doctor of Medical Sciences, Honoris Causa, from the University of Melbourne, and awards from Susan G. Komen (Light of Life award, Jamie Brooke Lieberman Award).
Richard is a highly experienced Board Member and Executive with more than 20 years of experience in complex academic medical organizations. He has served on the advisory boards of USA National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers, research institutes and foundations and international research institutes. Based upon his multiple issued patents, Richard was Founder and CEO of ProstaGene (sold to CytoDyn) and LightSeed.
Carl C. Dockery
Mr. Dockery has been a Director since September 2014. He is a financial executive with years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry and more recently in 2006 as the founder and president of a registered investment advisory firm, Alpha Advisors, LLC. Mr. Dockery is an active investor in various healthcare and early-stage companies through Alpha Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Alpha Advisors. Mr. Dockery’s 20-year career as an insurance executive began in 1988 as an officer and director of two related and closely held insurance companies, including serving as secretary of Crossroads Insurance Co. Ltd. of Bermuda and as vice president of Gulf Insurance Co. Ltd. of Grand Cayman. Familiar with the London reinsurance market, in the 1990s, Mr. Dockery worked at Lloyd’s and the London Underwriting Centre brokering various types of reinsurance placements. In April 2016, Mr. Dockery became a director of Aytu BioScience, Inc., a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization of novel products in the field of urology. Mr. Dockery graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.
Gregory A. Gould, CPA
Mr. Gould has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry for over 20 years. He currently is the Chief Financial officer at Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQX:AYTU). Prior to joining Aytu BioScience on a full-time basis, he split his time between Aytu and Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from April 2015 until June 2017. Prior to joining Ampio Pharmaceuticals in June 2014, he provided financial and operational consulting services to the biotech industry through his consulting company, Gould, LLC. Mr. Gould was Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of SeraCare Life Sciences from November 2006 until the company was sold to Linden Capital Partners in April 2012. During the period from July 2011 until April 2012, Mr. Gould also served as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of SeraCare. Mr. Gould has held several other executive positions at publicly traded life sciences companies including the Chief Financial Officer role at Atrix Laboratories, Inc., an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on advanced drug delivery. During Mr. Gould’s tenure at Atrix, he was instrumental in the negotiation and sale of the company to QLT, Inc. for over $855 million. He also played a critical role in the management of several licensing agreements including the global licensing agreement with Sanofi-Synthelabo of the Eligard® product line. Mr. Gould was the Chief Financial Officer at Colorado MedTech, Inc., a publicly traded medical device design and manufacturing company, where he negotiated the transaction to sell the company to KRG Capital Partners. Mr. Gould began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP. He currently serves on the board of directors of CytoDyn Inc., a publicly traded drug development company pursuing anti-viral agents for the treatment of HIV. Mr. Gould graduated from the University of Colorado with a BS in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Scott A. Kelly, M.D.
Dr. Kelly was appointed a Director on April 10, 2017. He is a practicing physician and writer. Dr. Kelly is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has served at Atlanta-based Resurgens Orthopaedics since 2002, including as Director of the Safety Council since 2013 and as Medical Director of the Resurgens Orthopaedics’ Spine Center since 2007. He is a fellow of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a diplomate of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also is a member of the Spine Intervention Society, Georgia Society of Interventional Spine Physicians, and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has received numerous honors including being named as America’s Best Physicians in 2016 and 2017 by The National Consumer Advisory Board, “Top Doctor” in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Castle Connolly, and “Top Doctor” by Atlanta Magazine in 2016. He is the author of What I’ve Learned from You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients. He received his BA in Psychology from Emory University, his medical doctorate from Medical College of Georgia and completed his medical residency at Emory University.
Michael A. Klump
Mr. Klump has nearly 30 years of financial experience and has been actively involved in formulating and executing strategic financial plans. He founded Argonne Capital Group, LLC ("Argonne"), a private investment firm, in 2003. Since inception, Argonne has invested over $750 million of equity in public and private companies spanning multiple industries. In all instances, Argonne looks for opportunities where the firm can leverage its management infrastructure and capabilities to help its portfolio companies with a variety of initiatives, including strategic planning, acquisitions and capital raising. Mr. Klump received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado in 1987.
Jordan G. Naydenov
Mr. Naydenov has been a Director of the Company since June 2009. Mr. Naydenov immigrated to the U.S. in 1982 from Bulgaria where he was a competitive gymnast. Mr. Naydenov purchased a gymnasium, Naydenov Gymnastics, which he developed into a successful business, and sold in 2005. Since 2001, he has served as the Vice President and a Director of Milara, Inc., since 2006, he has served as the Treasurer of Milara, Inc., and since 2006, he has served as a Director of Milara International. Milara Inc. and Milara International are leading providers of stencil and screen printing systems for the surface mount and semiconductor industries.