Leadership at Avadel Pharmaceuticals
Our management team is key to the success of our company. We are lead by a diverse team of experts in their respective fields, each of whom help to ensure the success of our business and ultimately the well-being of patients.
Gregory J. Divis, CEO
Gregory J. Divis was named Chief Executive Officer in June of 2019, after having served as Chief Operating Officer (named in March 2018) and Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (named in January 2017). Prior to joining Avadel, he served as an Executive in Residence at Linden Capital Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm. With over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Divis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lumara Health, a specialty branded pharmaceutical company focused on women’s health. Prior to Lumara, Mr. Divis held general management, sales, marketing and business development roles at Schering Plough and Sanofi-Aventis.
Thomas S. McHugh, Chief Financial Officer
Thomas McHugh was appointed Chief Financial Officer in December 2019. Prior to joining Avadel, Mr. McHugh served as Senior Vice President of Finance of Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Inc. where he built and led the U.S. Finance, Accounting and Treasury functions and supported Ironshore’s new product launch. Prior to his time at Ironshore, McHugh was the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Lumara Health, a specialty pharmaceutical company that focused on maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology. While at Lumara he supported a number of key strategic initiatives, including a new product launch, a restructuring and a sale of the company. Prior to joining Lumara, Tom was a Managing Director and Global Controller at BearingPoint, a global consultancy. Before joining BearingPoint, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Huttig Building Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBP). Tom began his career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Bentley University and a master’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University.
Dr. Jason M. Vaughn, SVP, Technical Operations
Dr. Jason Vaughn was appointed Senior Vice President of Technical Operations in December 2019. Prior to joining Avadel, Dr. Vaugh was Principal at Wyatt Pharma Consulting, LLC where he led several development programs for client companies, including Avadel. Prior to this, he was Senior Director and Vice President, Process Technology Development for the North American region of Patheon Pharmaceuticals, a ThermoFisher Scientific company. In this role, he was responsible for assisting client companies in the development, scale-up and commercialization of their products. Additionally, Dr. Vaughn led teams to solve challenging technical problems involving formulation and manufacturing of oral pharmaceuticals and controlled release technologies. He also served as Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development for Banner Life Sciences, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing products using the 505(b)2 pathway. He led technical teams developing a number of oral, modified release products for IND enabled clinical studies, registration, scale-up, NDA regulatory submission and commercialization readiness for products, including Bafiertam™, which has received tentative FDA approval. Prior to Joining Banner, Jason served as Director, Formulation Development for Patheon Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati, OH, leading teams focused on development, scale-up, registration and commercialization of oral modified release dosage. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Texas at Austin.