Frank Verwiel, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Verwiel has served as a member of the Board since his appointment in March 2012. Dr. Verwiel joined Aptalis Pharma (previously known as Axcan Pharma) in 2005 with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Privately-held Aptalis manufactures, markets and distributes a broad line of specialty pharmaceutical products and services used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal disorders in more than 40 countries. As President and CEO, Dr. Verwiel defined and implemented a strategy to achieve Aptalis' vision to become the reference GI specialty pharma company and leveraged Aptalis' assets to more effectively position the company in its targeted field of gastroenterology. Dr. Verwiel also led the LBO that resulted in Aptalis to be acquired by TPG Capital and its affiliates in an all-cash transaction with a total value of approximately $1.3 billion. Formerly with Merck & Co. Inc. in various international senior management positions including Vice President, Hypertension, Worldwide Human Health Marketing, Dr. Verwiel concurrently served as a leader of Merck's Worldwide Hypertension Business Strategy team. Dr. Verwiel was also Managing Director of Merck's Dutch subsidiary and manufacturing operations. During his tenure with Servier Laboratories he was amongst others responsible for Servier's Western European operations.
Dr. Verwiel holds a Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau in France.