Management Team

Nader Z. Pourhassan, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Richard Pestell, MD, Ph.D., MBA, FACP, FRS of Medicine, FRACP

Interim 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.

Michael D. Mulholland

Michael D. Mulholland

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Mulholland brings to CytoDyn more than 25 years of senior level financial leadership for public companies in the business services, retail and manufacturing industries. His broad experience includes strategic planning, corporate finance, including raising debt and equity capital, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, SEC reporting, risk management, investor relations and corporate governance matters. In addition to his financial management experience, Mr. Mulholland has also managed IP-asset development for the chemical inventions of a leading European scientific inventor for improving human health, working with IP counsel to evaluate and prosecute domestic and foreign patent applications. Most recently, from 2011-2012, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Nautilus, Inc., a NYSE-listed developer and marketer of fitness equipment. He previously was Co-Chief Financial Officer of Corporate Management Advisors, Inc., a private holding company of various businesses and investments, including a majority interest in a publicly held manufacturing company, from 2010 to 2011; Vice President of Finance of Gevity HR, Inc., a former Nasdaq-listed professional employer organization, from 2008 to 2009; Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Barrett Business Services, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed business services firm, from 1994 to 2008; and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Sprouse-Reitz Stores Inc., a former publicly held retail company, from 1988 to 1994. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Mulholland received a B.S. in accounting and a M.B.A. in finance from the University of Oregon. He is a certified public accountant.