OUR LEADERSHIP

Anna Protopapas,
President, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company

Lisa Adler,
Vice President, Corporate Communications

Christophe Bianchi, M.D.,
Executive Vice President

Stephen M. Gansler,
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Tariq Kassum,
Vice President, Corporate Development

Liz Lewis,
Chief Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Todd Shegog,
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Anna Protopapas

ANNA PROTOPAPAS
President, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company

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Lisa Adler

LISA ADLER
Vice President, Corporate Communications

Chief Responsibility:

Oversee internal and external communications to achieve and maintain best-in-class performance that is a competitive advantage for Millennium. Areas of responsibility include media relations, employee communications, branding & reputation management, visual arts, issue & crisis management, patient advocacy, corporate philanthropy & social responsibility, and community relations.

Experience:

Ms. Adler joined Millennium in 2004 with more than 20 years experience in healthcare communications. Prior to joining Millennium, she was an executive vice president and managing director at Feinstein Kean Healthcare (Ogilvy Public Relations subsidiary), where she was charged with building, expanding and overseeing the pharmaceutical communications practice. Her clients included Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Merck Vaccines. Much of Ms. Adler's experience has been in the areas of new product launches, national, multi-year direct-to-patient initiatives, third-party coalition building, and managing corporate/product crisis and issues. Previously, she was associate director for the Johnson & Johnson US Pharmaceuticals Group. Earlier in her career, Ms. Adler worked for Porter/Novelli Public Relations and Manning, Selvage, & Lee.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

One of My Favorite Quotes:

"To be persuasive, we must be believable
To be believable, we must be credible
To be credible, we must be truthful."
- Edward R. Murrow

In My Own Words:

At Millennium:

I lead a team of highly talented communications professionals who work hard to develop and deliver innovative, exciting communications inside and outside our company. We strive to provide every employee a 360-degree line of sight around our company so they can share in all our successes and better relate with our overall business plan and operations. Outside of the company, as part of the Takeda acquisition, we oversee corporate repositioning, branding and corporate advertising.

Working at Millennium is an incredible opportunity to be a part of a very entrepreneurial Management Team in a fast-paced environment that demands quick, strategic thinking. It is invigorating and demands my best. I admire the competence and skill of my peers and the extraordinary depth of talent within our company. The supportive team spirit thrives on over-achieving and brings out the best in people. Plus, there's never a dull moment!

The Main Reason I Chose My Field:

The fast-paced nature of communications coupled with my desire to continuously learn more about medical science made this an ideal career for me.

The Other Side of Me:

Outside of work, the most important thing to me is spending time with my husband and three teenage children. We love to travel and experience different cultures. But life at home is what I like best - nothing makes me happier than having a home filled with family and friends (although it can get exhausting). And I'm passionate about staying active and fit.

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Christophe Bianchi, M.D.

CHRISTOPHE BIANCHI, M.D.
Executive Vice President

Chief Responsibility:

Dr. Bianchi's organization (marketing, sales, medical affairs, new products, government affairs, pharmaceutical, and commercial operations) is responsible for advancing the global competitive standing of all Millennium brands. The objective is to maximize the impact of our marketed brands in delivering benefits for the patients, healthcare providers, payers, and shareholders.

Experience:

Dr. Bianchi joined Millennium in February 2006 with 17 years of experience in the US pharmaceutical industry. He has built commercial and sales organizations, launched major brands, delivered sustained growth, and managed collaboration with partner companies. Dr. Bianchi came from sanofi-aventis where he led the $2 billion US oncology business unit with the well-known brands Eloxatin® and Taxotere. Previously at sanofi-synthelabo, Dr. Bianchi headed the internal medicine and central nervous system business unit with sales of $1.2 billion. Dr. Bianchi also had a very successful 10-year career at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, where he last served as vice president - head of global marketing and led many of the commercial efforts for the market-leading antithrombotic, Lovenox®.

Boards:

  • Penwest Pharmaceuticals

Education:

  • Doctor of Medicine from the University of Reims-Champagne in France
  • MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

One of My Favorite Quotes:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein

In My Own Words:

At Millennium:

People, people, people: they make things happen and make the difference. Plus there is VELCADE: it makes the difference for the patients and their families.

The Main Reason I Chose My Field:

First, I could not join the US PGA tour. Second, pharmaceuticals have always been fascinating to me. They cost more than several jumbo jets to develop; yet, they ultimately are consumer goods. The development of pharmaceuticals is the single most important contributor to the improvement of human health that we have seen in the past century and I am proud to be a very small part of it.

The Other Side of Me:

Outside of work what am I passionate about? In no particular order: Coltrane, Miles, modern architecture, Sunday morning on Park Avenue, cold Champagne...and I keep working on my golf game hoping that, some day, I might finally qualify, if not for the PGA tour, at least for my club's championship.

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Stephen M. Gansler

STEPHEN M. GANSLER
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Chief Responsibility:

Providing human resources, information technology facilities, and safety services to the employees of Millennium

Experience:

Mr. Gansler has more than 25 years of experience in senior Human Resources leadership roles. He joined Millennium from Synta Pharmaceuticals where he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for this privately held biopharmaceutical start-up. Previously, he headed Human Resources for Covanta Energy Corp and four business units within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. He began his career at General Motors Corp.

Education:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and Masters in Business Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
  • Bachelor of Industrial Administration from Kettering University in Flint, Mich.

One of My Favorite Quotes:

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Sir Winston Churchill

In My Own Words:

At Millennium:

I oversee all human resource functions and help ensure that employees have a voice and are supported in their efforts to make a visible contribution to the success of our company. This requires an environment that affords employees career development and growth. We celebrate individual and team success through recognition and rewards. Our culture is supportive and caring, yet demands excellence, innovation, and integrity. We enjoy an entrepreneurial spirit and lack of bureaucracy. Quite simply, it's our people and our culture that make all the difference, and it's my job to make sure these critical assets are properly developed and that we continue to attract and retain people who are capable of sustainably growing our success.

The Main Reason I Chose My Field:

The chance to drive business results through an understanding of forces that engage employees in the business and encourage achievement.

The Other Side of Me:

Outside of work, a personal passion of mine is spending time with my family, and in particular having fun scuba diving, snorkeling, and boating.

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Tariq Kassum

TARIQ KASSUM
Vice President, Corporate Development

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Liz Lewis

LIZ LEWIS
Chief Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

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Todd Shegog

TODD SHEGOG
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Chief Responsibility:

Responsible for the effective management of the Company's financial resources, corporate planning, financial reporting, and compliance.

Experience:

Joining Millennium in 1998, Mr. Shegog draws on 15 years of finance experience in the biotechnology industry. Previously, he spent several years at Genetics Institute (now Wyeth) in a variety of financial positions supporting the Research and Development organizations as well a member of the Commercial Operations team supporting the launch of BeneFIX®.

Education:

  • Masters in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

One of My Favorite Quotes:

"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." - Henry Ford

In My Own Words:

At Millennium:

I oversee the Finance and Strategic Sourcing functions responsible for leading corporate business planning, financial management, financial accounting, compliance, and corporate reporting, as well as financial analytics for decision support. That's a lot of "support," but I have a great team who helps me make it happen. I co-chair our Company's Investment Review Committee and participate on the Management Team, Pipeline Review Committee, and VELCADE Joint Steering Committee.

The Main Reason I Chose My Field:

Early experiences in the biotechnology industry opened my eyes to the amazing work, passion, and intelligence that drives this industry to deliver hope to patients. I've been hooked ever since then.

The Other Side of Me:

Outside of work, a personal passion of mine is enjoying time with my wife Barbara and our two children. Together we are very active exploring the great outdoors and family time through sports.

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