Rick E Winningham joined Theravance as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in October 2001, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2010. Since 2001, Theravance has successfully transitioned from a private research-based small molecule discovery company to a public company with one approved medicine discovered and developed internally (VIBATIV® (telavancin)), and two approved medicines developed in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline plc (RELVAR®/BREO® ELLIPTA® and ANOROTM ELLIPTATM). Theravance also has a portfolio of product candidates across a number of therapeutic areas including respiratory disease, bacterial infections and central nervous system (CNS)/pain.
From 1997 to 2001 he served as President, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Oncology/Immunology/Oncology Therapeutics Network (OTN) and also as President of Global Marketing from 2000 to 2001. In addition to operating responsibility for U.S. Oncology/Immunology/OTN, Mr. Winningham also had full responsibility for Global Marketing in the Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Oncology/Metabolics and GU/GI/Neuroscience therapeutic areas. Over a fifteen-year period with BMS and its predecessor, Bristol-Myers, Mr. Winningham held various U.S. and global management positions. During his tenure with BMS, he was associated with the development and commercialization of several major pharmaceutical products, such as Taxol®, Paraplatin®, Zerit®, Videx®, Reyataz®, and Abilify®.
Mr. Winningham holds an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University and a B.S. from Southern Illinois University. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and a member of the Board of Directors of Jazz Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Winningham is also a member of Biotechnology Industry Organization’s Board of Directors, serving on the Health Section Governing Board and Board Standing Committee on Reimbursement.
William H. Waltrip has served as a director of Theravance since April 2000. Mr. Waltrip served from 1993 until 2003 as Chairman of the board of directors of Technology Solutions Company, a systems integration company, and from 1993 until 1995 he was Chief Executive Officer of that company. From 1995 to 1998 he also served as Chairman of Bausch & Lomb Inc., and during 1996 and 2002 was the company's Chief Executive Officer. From 1991 to 1993 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Biggers Brothers, Inc., a food service distribution company, and was a consultant to private industry from 1988 to 1991. From 1985 to 1988 he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of IU International Corporation, a transportation, environmental and distribution company. Earlier, he had been President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Purolator Courier Corporation. He is a member of the board of directors of Charles River Laboratories Corporation and Thomas & Betts Corporation.