For biographical information regarding Dr. Niihara and Mr. Lee, please see “Background of Nominees for Election to the Board,” above. The following paragraph sets forth similar information regarding Messrs. Nagasaki, Sekulich, and Stark.
Yasushi Nagasaki has served as Chief Financial Officer since September 1, 2020, and served as our Senior Vice President Finance from July 2019 to August 2020. Mr. Nagasaki also served as Senior Vice President Finance from April 2012 to July 2019 and as Chief Financial Officer from May 2011 to April 2012 of EMI Holding, with which we merged in July 2019. From September 2005 until joining EMI Holding, Mr. Nagasaki was the Chief Financial Officer of Hexadyne Corporation, an aerospace and defense supplier. Mr. Nagasaki also served on the board of directors at Hexadyne Corporation from September 2005 to April 2011. From May 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Nagasaki was the Controller at Upsilon Intertech Corporation, an international distributor of defense and aerospace parts and subsystems. Mr. Nagasaki is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.A. in Commerce from Waseda University and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College.
George Sekulich has served as Senior Vice President of Global Commercialization and Chief Information Officer of EMI Holding since May 2019, responsible for overseeing the commercial launch of Endari® in the United States. More recently, he has been engaged in laying the groundwork for the launch of Endari® and Xyndari® in overseas markets, with a special emphasis on the MENA region. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of Global Commercialization, Mr. Sekulich served since September 2014 as Chief Information Officer of EMI Holdings. Mr. Sekulich has over 25 years of experience and training in computer information services and is active in the design and support of our computer information systems. Prior to joining EMI Holding, Mr. Sekulich was the owner and operator of Magellan Net, a software provider services company. Mr. Sekulich received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems Management from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Charles Stark, Pharm.D., was appointed as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs on November 23, 2021, and served as our Senior Vice President of Research and Development since July 19, 2019 and in the same capacity with EMI Holding since 2013. He has more than 30 years of experience in medical affairs, research and academia. Previously, Dr. Stark was Director of Clinical Development at Bavarian Nordic, an immunotherapeutic company, and prior to that Associate Director of Medical Affairs for Dendreon Corporation, an immunotherapeutic company. He has served as, Director, Medical Science Liaisons (cardiovascular, metabolic and oncology) at Pfizer, Inc., a pharmaceutical company. Dr. Stark has served as the Director of Investigational Drug Services and Clinical Research at LA BioMed at Harbor UCLA and at the Health Research Association at USC Medical Center. He has also served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Dr. Stark received his Pharm.D. from the University of Southern California and completed his residency at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles.
Involvement in Certain Legal Proceedings
There have been no events under any bankruptcy act, no criminal proceedings and no judgments, injunctions, orders or decrees material to the evaluation of the ability and integrity of any director, executive officer, promoter or control person of the company during the past ten years.
The company is not aware of any legal proceedings in which any director, nominee, or officer of the company, or any associate of any such director, nominee, or officer of the company, is a party adverse to the company or any of its subsidiaries or has a material interest adverse to the company or any of its subsidiaries.
Meetings of the Board and its Committees
Our Board of Directors meets on a regular basis as often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities, including at least once each quarter, and our independent directors meet at least annually in executive session without the presence of non-independent directors and management. During 2021, our Board of Directors met four times, the Audit Committee met six times, the Compensation Committee met two times and the Governance and Nominations Committee met three times. Each of our current directors attended 75% or more of the total number of Board meetings and of the total number of meetings of Board committees on which he served.
The company does not have a policy requiring its directors to attend our annual meeting of stockholders, although we encourage all our directors to attend the annual meetings.