Robert J. Wills, Ph.D.
Dr. Wills joined GTx as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Board’s Scientific and Development Committee on March 2, 2015. Prior to joining GTx, Dr. Wills served as Vice President, Alliance Manager for Johnson & Johnson, or J&J, and was responsible for managing strategic alliances for J&J’s Pharmaceutical Group worldwide since 2002. Prior to this, Dr. Wills spent 22 years in pharmaceutical drug development, 12 of which were at J&J and 10 of which were at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. Before assuming his alliance management role at J&J, Dr. Wills served as Senior Vice President Global Development at J&J where he was responsible for its late stage development pipeline and was a member of several internal commercial and research and development operating boards.
Dr. Wills holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Texas.
Marc S. Hanover
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hanover, a co-founder of GTx and our Chief Executive Officer, served as our President and Chief Operating Officer from our inception in September 1997 until his appointment as our permanent Chief Executive Officer in February 2015. Marc also served as our acting Principal Financial Officer from December 2013 until his appointment as our interim Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. Mr. Hanover also previously served as a member of our Board of Directors from our inception until August 2011. Prior to joining GTx, Mr. Hanover was a founder of Equity Partners International, Inc., a private equity firm in Memphis, Tennessee, and participated as a founder and investor in three healthcare companies. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Hanover was a Senior Vice President and a member of the Executive Management Committee of National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tennessee.Mr. Hanover holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Memphis and a MBA in Finance from the University of Memphis.
J. R. Hyde, III
President, Pittco Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Hyde, in conjunction with Dr. Wills’ appointment as our Executive Chairman effective March 2, 2015, was appointed as the Board’s Lead Director and currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Previously, he served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from November 2000 through February 2015. Since 1989, Mr. Hyde has been the sole stockholder and President of Pittco Holdings, Inc., a private institutional investment company. Since 1996, when Mr. Hyde made a substantial contribution to support the research of one of the company’s founders, Mr. Hyde has been instrumental in helping direct and finance GTx, and is our largest stockholder. Mr. Hyde was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AutoZone, Inc. from 1986 to 1997 and the Chief Executive Officer of AutoZone from 1986 to 1996. From March 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Hyde served as the non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of AutoZone, Inc., and continues to serve as a member of the Board. He was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Malone & Hyde, Inc., AutoZone’s former parent company, from 1972 until 1988. Mr. Hyde also served as a director of FedEx Corporation from 1977 to 2011. As our largest stockholder and with a long history of serving as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a large publicly-traded company and a member of the board of directors of other public companies, Mr. Hyde has continued to serve as a principal architect of our public company governance structure, and is an influential advisor to senior management on all matters of strategic importance.
Michael G. Carter, M.D.
Venture Partner, SV Life Sciences Advisors, LLP
Dr. Carter has been a Board member since May 2006 and currently serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of both the Audit Committee and the Scientific and Development Committee. Dr. Carter brings to the GTx Board specific expertise in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products by both large pharmaceutical companies and small specialty biotech companies. Dr. Carter was a non-executive director of Santarus, Inc. from 2004 to 2013, served as a non-executive director of Micromet AG from 2001 to 2005 and of MICROMET, Inc. from 2006 to March 2012, and served as a non-executive director of Fulcrum Pharma, PLC from 2005 to 2010. Dr. Carter was a member of the Advisory Board of Paul Capital Royalty Fund from 2005 to 2008, and has been a venture partner with SV Life Sciences Advisors, LLP since 1998 and a member of the strategic advisory board of Healthcare Royalty Partners (HCRP) since September 2009 and as a member of the HCRP Investment Committee since 2015. Dr. Carter was the non-executive chairman of Metris Therapeutics, Ltd., a biotechnology firm specializing in women’s healthcare from 1999 to 2008. He was also a non-executive director of OncoEthix from June 2013 until its sale to Merck & Co., Inc. in December 2014, and is currently a non-executive director of Atopix Therapeutics Ltd. Dr. Carter served on the Pharmaceutical Board of Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, a predecessor company of AstraZeneca, and held various positions with Zeneca from 1984 to 1998, including International Medical Director and International Marketing Director. From 1985 to 1995, Dr. Carter served as a member of the U.K. Government’s Medicines Commission. Dr. Carter is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Dr. Carter holds a degree in pharmacy from London University (U.K.) and a medical degree from Sheffield University Medical School (U.K.).
J. Kenneth Glass
Retired Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Horizon National Corporation
Mr. Glass has served as a director since March 2004, and currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and also currently serves on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Glass retired as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE: FHN), or First Horizon, as of January 29, 2007. Mr. Glass was named President and Chief Executive Officer of First Horizon in July 2002, and he also became First Horizon’s Chairman of the Board in January 2004. From 2003 through 2007, Mr. Glass served as a director of FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX). From July 2001 through July 2002, Mr. Glass was President and Chief Operating Officer of First Horizon. From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Glass was Business Unit President of First Tennessee Bank. Mr. Glass received his B.A. in Accounting from Harding University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest banks in Tennessee, Mr. Glass was recruited to the GTx Board to provide financial and business leadership expertise to the Board. With his background in accounting and as a Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Glass serves in the role of a financial expert for our Audit Committee.
Garry A. Neil, M.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Medgenics, Inc.
Dr. Neil joined the Board of Directors in August 2016 and currently serves as a member of both the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Scientific and Development Committee. Dr. Neil is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Medgenics, Inc., a company focused on treating patients with rare genetic and orphan diseases. Prior to joining Medgenics in 2013, Dr. Neil was a Partner and the Head of R&D at Apple Tree Partners, a life sciences private equity firm. From 2002 to 2012, Dr. Neil held various leadership positions including Corporate Vice President of Science & Technology at Johnson & Johnson, and Group President at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he held senior positions at Astra Merck, AstraZeneca, and EMD Pharmaceuticals. Under his leadership several important medicines for the treatment of cancer, anemia, infections, central nervous system and psychiatric disorders, pain, and genitourinary and gastrointestinal diseases gained initial or expanded approvals.
Dr. Neil holds a B.S. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He completed postdoctoral clinical training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Toronto. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic. He held faculty positions at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the University of Iowa and the University of Pennsylvania (adjunct).
Dr. Neil serves on the Boards of Reagan-Udall Foundation and the Foundation for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is a past member of the Science Management Review Board of the NIH. He is past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) Science and Regulatory Executive Committee, the PhRMA Foundation Board and he is the founding Chairman of TransCelerate BioPharma, Inc.
Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., M.Div.
Former Commissioner of Health, State of Tennessee
Dr. Robinson has served as a director since May 2008 and currently serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. From 2003 through 2007, Dr. Robinson served in the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen as Commissioner of Health, and in April 2009, Dr. Robinson accepted an appointment to provide executive-level public health leadership and consultation as the Health Officer of Shelby County, Tennessee, the county in which GTx is located. In February 2011, Dr. Robinson was appointed as Public Health Policy Advisor for Shelby County, Tennessee. From 1982 through 1991, Dr. Robinson taught and practiced internal medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and from 1991 through 2003, he was an Assistant Dean at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Since 2015, he has served as President and CEO of the United Way of the Mid-South.
Dr. Robinson holds a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, a M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.