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.
Michael S. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer
Michael S. Anderson has been Chief Executive Officer since March 2012. Prior to Avadel, Mr. Anderson served in a number of leadership roles including CEO of Éclat Pharmaceuticals LLC, President and CEO of the generic business division of KV Pharmaceutical Company, as well as President and CEO of Ther-RX Corporation, a leader in women's healthcare. Mr. Anderson started his career at A.H. Robins Company.
Gregory J. Divis, EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Gregory J. Divis was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in January of 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.
Michael F. Kanan, SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Michael F. Kanan became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2015. Prior to joining Avadel, Mr. Kanan was employed by Sigma-Aldrich Corp. from April 2009 until November 2015, where he served as Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Sigma-Aldrich from April 2009 until November 2015. Sigma-Aldrich is a life science and high technology company which was acquired by Merck KGaA, a health care, life science and performance materials company based in Germany, in November 2015. Mr. Kanan began his career at the international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, and also held accounting and finance leadership positions with Hutchinson Group, a subsidiary of Total S.A., and Meritor, a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.
Phillandas T. Thompson, SVP and General Counsel
Phil Thompson has been a Senior Vice President and General Counsel since November 2013. Prior to joining Avadel, Mr. Thompson worked in a variety of legal roles at companies such as West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp. and Paddock Laboratories, Inc. where he served as Vice President, Legal Affairs and Vice President, General Counsel, respectively. He has also held the role of Vice President, Strategic Business Transactions and Assistant General Counsel at KV Pharmaceutical Co, and as Associate General Counsel at Barr Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Thompson is a member of the New York Bar, the Missouri Bar, and the Minnesota Bar.
Sandra L. Hatten, SVP, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Sandra L. Hatten was appointed Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs in June 2015. Prior to joining Avadel, Ms. Hatten was employed from October 2010 to June 2015 by Mallinckrodt, plc, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company, where she served as Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Compliance from February 2014 until June 2015. From October 2010 until September 2012, Ms. Hatten was employed by Mallinckrodt, as Director and Sr. Director of Quality. From September 2012 until February 2014, Ms. Hatten held the position of Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Compliance with Mallinckrodt. Ms. Hatten has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, during which she has held leadership roles in quality and operations for brand as well as generic drug manufacturers, where she has been responsible for establishing and implementing broad-based quality programs across multiple sites.
David Monteith, Ph.D., VP, Research and Development
David Monteith, Ph.D. was appointed Vice President of Research and Development in October 2014. Prior to joining Avadel, Dr. Monteith was employed from 2009 to 2014 at Merck & Co., Inc., a global healthcare solutions company, where he held the position of Associate Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development for Emerging Markets. From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Monteith was employed by Schering-Plough Corporation, a pharmaceutical company that merged with Merck & Co., Inc. in November 2009 in various positions from Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Development to Senior Director, Product Value Enhancement. With over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Monteith has held senior leadership roles in the areas of drug delivery and pharmaceutical drug product development.
Dhiren D’Silva, VP, Irish & European Operations
Dhiren D’Silva was appointed Vice President of Irish and European Operations in September 2015. Prior to joining Avadel, Mr. D’Silva was employed from August 2013 to September 2015 at NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing therapies for patients with rare diseases; NPS was acquired by an affiliate of Shire plc in January 2015. Mr. D’Silva held the position of Senior Director of International Business Operations at NPS. Prior to his employment with NPS, Mr. D’Silva was employed from January 2008 to July 2013 at Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc. a drug delivery provider located in Somerset, New Jersey, as Director of Business Development for its Product Ventures Group, focusing on the development and out-licensing of ANDAs.