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Seth H.Z. Fischer

Chief Executive Officer

Seth H.Z. Fischer has served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director since September 3, 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Trius Therapeutics, Inc. and BioSig Technologies, Inc, and an advisor to MedHab, LLC. Mr. Fischer served in positions of increasing responsibility with Johnson & Johnson from 1983 until his retirement in 2012. Most recently, Mr. Fischer served as Company Group Chairman Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Franchise Chairman, Cordis Corporation from 2008 to 2012, and as Company Group Chairman, North America Pharmaceuticals from 2004 to 2007, which included responsibilities for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Janssen and Scios. Prior to that, Mr. Fischer served as President of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2004. His operating responsibilities encompassed the commercialization of products in multiple therapeutic categories including Topamax® for epilepsy and migraine and products in the analgesic, anti-infective, cardiovascular, neurologic, psychiatric and women's health areas. Mr. Fischer earned a Bachelor of General Studies from Ohio University and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.


 

Ted Broman

Vice President, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control

Mr. Broman has been Vice President, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control since February 2009. Mr. Broman joined VIVUS in January 2006 as Senior Director, Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control. Prior to joining VIVUS, Mr. Broman was Executive Director, Project Management at Durect, Inc. from 2001 to 2005. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Broman held Senior Management positions in Operation and Project Management at Matrix Pharmaceutical, Inc. From 1988 to 1994 he was Director, Analytical Services at Cygnus, Inc. and from 1976 to 1988, Mr. Broman served in several positions in Syntex Laboratories, Syntex Chemicals Group, Corporate Quality Assurance, and Corporate Technical Services. Mr. Broman has a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


 
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Wesley W. Day, Ph.D.

Vice President, Clinical Development

Dr. Day has been the Vice President of Clinical Development since November 2005. Prior to joining VIVUS, Dr. Day held a variety of positions with Pfizer, Inc. from 1993 until his departure in October 2005. Most recently, Dr. Day was the Senior Director, Safety Risk Management from September 2003 until his departure. Prior to this position, Dr. Day served as the Senior Associate Director, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs from August 2001 to 2003, Associate Director II, Worldwide Regulatory Affairs from 2000 to 2001, Associate Director I, Clinical Development from 1999 to 2000, Senior Clinical Research Investigator from 1997 to 1998, Senior Research Scientist from 1995 to 1997 and Research Scientist from 1993 to 1994. Dr. Day holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, a B.S. with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Pan American. Dr. Day is an Adjunct Associate Professor for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland at Baltimore where he has held an Adjunct Appointment since 1995. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor for Temple University.


 

Guy P. Marsh

Vice President of U.S. Operations & General Manager

Mr. Marsh has been Vice President of U.S. Operations and General Manager for VIVUS since July 2000. Mr. Marsh joined VIVUS in May 1998 in the position of Senior Director, U.S. Operations, and assumed the responsibilities of General Manager, Operations in April 1999. Prior to joining VIVUS, Mr. Marsh served as Vice President Technical Operations for Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc. from April 1994 to April 1998. Also during this period, Mr. Marsh served as a liaison between Copley Pharmaceutical and Copley’s Majority Stockholder, Hoechst-Celanese Corporation. From November 1987 to April 1994, Mr. Marsh served in various Manufacturing, Sales and Business Management roles for Hoechst-Roussel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Marsh received a B.S. in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, holds a New Jersey State Professional Engineering License, and received an MBA from Seton Hall University.


 

Svai Sanford

Chief Financial Officer

Svai Sanford has been the interim Chief Financial Officer since November 5, 2013. From July 2012 to November 2013, Mr. Sanford served as the Company’s Corporate Controller. Prior to his employment with VIVUS, Mr. Sanford was the Corporate Controller at Glam Media, Inc., a digital content provider, from November 2010 to June 2012, and in addition to other senior management roles within the company, he was the Senior Director, Technical Accounting, Reporting and Compliance at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, from March 2004 to November 2010. Mr. Sanford began his career with KPMG LLP, where he earned his license as a certified public accountant. Mr. Sanford holds a B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University.


 
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John L. Slebir, Esq.

Senior Vice President Business Development and General Counsel

John L. Slebir, Esq. joined VIVUS in September 2009. Since January 2014, Mr. Slebir has served as our Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, and, since June 2012, he also has served as our Secretary. From June 2011 until January 2014, Mr. Slebir served as our Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, from January 2011 until June 2011, he served as our Vice President, General Counsel, and, from September 2009 until January 2011, he served as our General Counsel on a part-time basis. From March 1999 to January 2011, Mr. Slebir served as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., specializing in corporate securities and corporate governance. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., Mr. Slebir was an attorney at two prominent Bay Area law firms specialized in insurance defense litigation. Mr. Slebir holds a B.A. in Communications from San Diego State University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.


 
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Barbara Troupin, MD, MBA

Vice President, Scientific Communications and Risk Management

Barbara Troupin, MD, MBA, Vice President, Scientific Communication & Risk Management. Dr. Troupin has been the Vice President of Scientific Communication and Risk Management since February 2012. Prior to her current role, she held Senior Director roles in Medical Affairs and in Clinical Development at VIVUS, initially joining the company in April 2006. Before joining VIVUS, Dr. Troupin was the Medical Director for Profil Institute for Clinical Research in San Diego, a niche phase 1 site focused on complex clinical trials in diabetes and obesity. Prior to that she was the Medical Director for Radiant Research in San Diego for 5 years and was the Principal Investigator on more than 150 cardiovascular and metabolic clinical studies. Dr. Troupin holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and is a licensed and boarded family physician.


 
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Santosh T. Varghese, MD

Vice President, Medical & Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, and QA

Dr. Varghese has been the company's Vice President, Medical & Regulatory Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, and QA since October 2013. He joined the company in March 2012 as Vice President, Head of Medical Affairs. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Varghese was Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs at Élan Pharmaceuticals where he lead Medical Affairs teams responsible for the BioNeurology portfolio. He held the position of Vice President Primary Care & Cardiovascular in Global Medical Affairs at Schering-Plough/Merck, and also held senior roles at Aventis/Sanofi-Aventis where he contributed to both US and global brand strategy and tactics. Dr. Varghese has served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association - New York, and was on faculty at Touro University College of Medicine. Dr. Varghese earned his M.D. from St. George's University School of Medicine, and B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his medical training in the Caribbean, United States, and United Kingdom.


 

Sandra E. Wells, Ph.D.

Vice President, Patents and Assistant General Counsel

Dr. Wells has been Vice President, Patents and Assistant General Counsel since January 2014. From June 2012 to December 2013, Dr. Wells served as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs. Prior to joining VIVUS, Dr. Wells was in-house counsel at Affymetrix, Inc. from 2002 to 2012, serving as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel from 2008 to 2012. In this role she was responsible for overseeing the company’s patent and trademark portfolios and managing patent litigation. Dr. Wells received her B.A. in biology from Whitman College, her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz and completed postdoctoral studies in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at U.C. Berkeley where she was a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and has been admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.