Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 950
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: (615) 255-0068
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Mr. Kazimi has over twenty years’ experience in the international biopharmaceutical industry. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical firm headquartered in Nashville since the Company’s inception in 1999. The Company was twice named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private firms in the U.S. prior to its Initial Public Offering and listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2009. More recently Cumberland was named one of the 40 fastest growing healthcare companies headquartered in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare Magazine in a listing that included hospital, physician, payers/insurers and supplier companies of all sizes.
Prior to forming Cumberland, Mr. Kazimi served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company. During his eleven years with the company, he oversaw operations in three countries and played a key role in the company's product development programs and licensing agreements. During his tenure the company completed over $100 million in financings culminating in an IPO on the London stock exchange. Earlier in his career, he worked at Brown-Forman Corporation, a Fortune 500 company rising through a series of management positions.
Mr. Kazimi currently serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council and Nashville Sports Council. He also serves as Chairman of CET a biomedical incubator and joint initiative among Cumberland, Vanderbilt University and the state of Tennessee’s Technology Development Corporation He has previously served on the boards of the Tennessee Biotechnology Association and Aegis Sciences Corporation, a federally certified forensic toxicology laboratory. He holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Bernard served as our Medical Director from 1999 until 2010 and currently serves as an advisor to the Company as Chair of our Medical Advisory Board. He has served on our Board of Directors since 2010. Dr. Bernard is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research at Vanderbilt University, and also the Melinda Owen Bass Professor of Medicine and former Chief of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt. In addition, he is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences and Chairman of Vanderbilt’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, which is responsible for approving the Vanderbilt Medical Center Formulary of approved drugs and therapeutics. Dr. Bernard has been conducting national and international trials of pharmaceuticals since 1980 and he has been steering committee chair of the National Institutes of Health, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical Trials Network since its inception in 1994. This network is the only federally supported ongoing system for the conduct of research in the hospital Intensive Care Unit, or ICU. He holds a B.S. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Bernard maintains an active practice as an Intensivist in the Medical ICU at Vanderbilt and is therefore in a position to observe, first hand, the pharmaceutical management issues surrounding the care of a wide variety of the most severely ill patients and identify their unmet medical needs. The Board believes Dr. Bernard’s medical background is extremely valuable as the Company seeks to continue expanding its pipeline with promising products that offer advancement to patient care and are well-positioned competitively.
Prior to joining Cumberland as Senior Vice President of Commercial Development in 2008, Mr. Cearnal served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians World. During his 15-year tenure, the company became the largest provider of continuing medical education before its acquisition by Thomson Healthcare in 2000. He served as President of Thomson Physicians World from 2000 to 2003 and Executive Vice President-Chief Strategy Officer for Thomson Medical Education from 2003 through 2005. During his more than 44 years in the healthcare industry, Mr. Cearnal has been involved with the launches of such noteworthy pharmaceutical products as Lipitor®, Actos®, Intron-A®, Straterra®, Botox®, and Humira®. He spent 17 years at Revlon Healthcare in a variety of domestic and international pharmaceutical marketing roles, culminating in his position as Vice President, Marketing for International Operations. Mr. Cearnal has also served on Cumberland’s Board of Directors since 2004. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University.
Mr. Griggs has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. His career spans more than 40 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and includes significant international experience. He spent 23 years at Warner Lambert Corporation in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating with his position as Vice President of Human Resources. During his tenure with Warner Lambert, he provided leadership for the successful integration of three pharmaceutical businesses into what became Parke Davis, the largest consolidation in the industry at that time. From 1992 to present he has been the CEO of Griggs & Associates, a management and human resources consulting firm assisting start-up companies and providing critical assistance in turnaround situations. Mr. Griggs also provided the leadership and strategic management for the formation and establishment of the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) Museum, a leading transportation museum where he served as chairman and is currently a director. Mr. Griggs has his B.S. Degree from Penn State and attended the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an advisor to Cumberland Pharmaceuticals as a member of the Company’s Pharmaceutical Advisory Board since it began operations in 1999. The Board believes Mr. Griggs’ experience in strategic management and human resources consulting will be critical as the Company continues to build a strong, effective management team.
Mr. Jacobs joined Cumberland’s Board of Directors in 2011 and is a member of the Nominating Committee. A healthcare veteran with more than 35 years of industry experience, Mr. Jacobs is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acadia Healthcare, a rapidly growing behavioral health company. Mr. Jacobs is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville-based Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI), which he co-founded in 1997 and grew into a $2 billion behavioral healthcare system before the company’s sale to Universal Health Services in 2010. Prior to founding PSI, Mr. Jacobs spent 21 years at Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA, where he served in various capacities, including President of HCA’s Tennessee Division. Mr. Jacobs’ background at HCA also includes serving as President of HCA’s Central Group, Vice President of the Western Group, Assistant Vice President of the Central Group and Assistant Vice President of the Salt Lake City Division. In addition to serving as the former Chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council, he is also the past director of the Federation of American Hospitals and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He is currently a board member of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Mental Health Management. Mr. Jacobs holds a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University. The Board believes Mr. Jacobs’ extensive hospital industry experience as well as his prior experience as chairman and CEO of a publicly traded healthcare company will be critical as the Company continues to develop its hospital acute care product line and navigate the responsibilities associated with being a
Mr. Jones has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. Mr. Jones’ 35 year career in professional accounting at KPMG LLP included the role of Managing Partner at their Nashville, Tennessee office from 1999 to 2006. He served in various capacities during his career at KPMG which also included positions at their offices in Jackson, Mississippi, Washington, D.C. and Greenville, South Carolina. During his tenure with KPMG, Mr. Jones led a team of more than 100 individuals providing accounting services for an extensive client base. Following retirement in 2006, he has served as an advisor and provided various consulting services to several companies, including acting as liaison between management and the board of directors of a long-term care facility and serving as interim CEO of a charitable organization. He is currently a board director and member of the audit committee of Argent Trust Company of Tennessee. Mr. Jones also serves as a member of our Audit Committee and is our Audit Committee financial expert. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. from Mississippi College and an M.B.A from Mississippi State University. The Board believes Mr. Jones’ significant accounting background will strengthen Cumberland’s existing financial capabilities and play a key role as the Company is subject to increasingly stringent accounting and auditing regulations as a public entity.
Mr. Lawrence has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 1999. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of Aetos Technologies Inc., a corporation formed in 2003 by Auburn University to market technological breakthroughs by its faculty. Since 1998, Mr. Lawrence advises business clients on matters of marketing and corporate governance through his firm Capital Consultants. He previously served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Delta Capital Partners, or Delta, in Memphis from 1989 to 1998. The partnership made investments in ten early-stage companies which, by 1998, were valued at more than $30 million. Prior to the formation of Delta, Mr. Lawrence founded several companies in the areas of commercial leasing and venture capital financing. He also worked for most of the 1980s as an Institutional Sales Representative and Commercial Leasing Specialist with the Investment Banking Group of Union Planters Bank in Memphis, where he was responsible for the structure and sale of over $1 billion in securities. Mr. Lawrence serves as the Chairman of our Compensation Committee, as a member of our Audit Committee and our Nominating Committee and as a director for CET. He holds a B.A. from Mississippi State University. The Board believes Mr. Lawrence has played a significant role in guiding the Company’s strategy, and that he will continue to offer valuable services in directing Cumberland’s growth. He is currently a majority owner of the publishing company Front Porch Press, LLC.