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Executive Leadership Team

John Fraher, Chief Executive Officer of Adare Pharmaceuticals.
John Fraher
Chief Executive Officer

John was previously President at Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies. Prior to Aptalis, he held a number of executive positions at Eurand, including CEO, President, and Chief Commercial Officer. He also held positions with a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies in Ireland.

John holds a degree in biochemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Daniel Bélanger, Vice President, Human Resources of Adare Pharmaceuticals.
Daniel Bélanger
Vice President, Human Resources

Daniel holds the position of Vice President, Human Resources. He previously served as the Global Human Resources Business Partner of Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies. Over the past 17 years, he held various leadership roles in human resources for Aptalis Pharma and Axcan Pharma.

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Giuseppe Di Vincenzo, Vice President, Commercial and Strategic Development of Adare Pharmaceuticals.
Giuseppe Di Vincenzo
Vice President, Strategy

Giuseppe leads our strategy, communications and internal pipeline development teams.

He was previously Vice President, Strategic and Commercial Development at Adare where he was responsible for commercial strategy, marketing, business development and internal pipeline development activities. Prior to that, he was Vice President Global Sales and Strategy at Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies. Before joining Aptalis, he held a number of senior positions at Eurand. He also held roles with Élan Corporation and Arthur D. Little.

Giuseppe holds a degree in Biology from the University Federico II of Naples, Italy and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School, United Kingdom.

Giovanni Ortenzi, Vice President, Quality of Adare Pharmaceuticals.
Giovanni Ortenzi
Vice President, Quality

Giovanni leads our global quality teams, including quality assurance, quality control, clinical quality assurance, and compliance. He previously led the quality team at Aptalis Pharmaceutical Technologies. Giovanni held leading positions at Eurand, including Industrial Operations Director–Europe. He also formerly held positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Giovanni holds degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacy from the University La Sapienza in Rome, Italy.

Peter C. Richardson, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Research and Development.
Peter C. Richardson, MD
Chief Medical Officer and
Vice President of Research and Development

Peter has more than 30 years of medical practice, research and development experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Peter has been instrumental in developing product pipelines that encompass small molecules, biologics, and medical devices.

Prior to his position at Adare, Peter was the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. During his 10 years at Alcon, his responsibilities included leading the company's global clinical, regulatory, and safety organizations and serving as its ad interim Head of Research and Development.

Peter specializes in endocrinology, holding Bachelor's degrees of Medical Science (B.Med.Sci.), Medicine and Surgery (BM, BS), with honors from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom, where he was also awarded a diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine. He is a recipient of the John Moir Memorial Prize Gold Medal for Medicine.

Craig Sheehan, General Manager, Consumer Products
Craig Sheehan
General Manager, Consumer Products

Craig leads the Consumer Products / OTC subsidiary of Adare Pharmaceuticals which is called Activ Nutritional, LLC. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy for the business segment as well as coordination of all support activities including Marketing, Sales, R&D, and Operations.

Craig brings more than 20 years of consumer products experience to Adare across both R&D and Marketing roles, which includes extensive experience in launching new products, building brands, and leading marketing and cross-functional teams. Prior to joining Adare, he was Vice President of Marketing for Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements at Church & Dwight, Co. Inc. Over his career, Craig has had the pleasure of growing iconic brands such as Arm & Hammer® toothpaste, First Response® pregnancy tests, OxiClean® stain fighters, and Vitafusion® gummy vitamins.
Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and MBA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Joseph Del Buono, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Adare Pharmaceuticals.
Ajay Damani
Vice President, Business Unit Leader – Pharmaceutical Technologies

Ajay leads our Pharmaceutical Technologies business unit, including commercial, marketing and business development teams.

He joined Adare from Lonza (formerly Capsugel), where he was Senior Director, Global Pharmaceutical Business Development and a member of the leadership team. Prior to this position, Ajay worked for Merck in R&D Strategy and Portfolio Management, and for Booz&Co and Marakon Associates in Life Science strategy consulting.

Ajay holds dual degrees from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Bachelor of Economics from The Wharton School of Business.

Vice President, Business Unit Leader – Microbiome
Frédéric Appert
Vice President, Business Unit Leader – Microbiome

Frédéric leads our Microbiome business unit where he is responsible for all commercial activities, including driving growth of our brand strategy efforts and commercial operations.

Frédéric has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical operational management, including international development, country management, business unit management, strategic marketing and team leadership. Prior to joining Adare, he was the International Commercial Director at Laboratoires Mayoly Spindler.

Frédéric earned a Master in Medical Management from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and also has earned a PhD in Pharmacy from Université Paris XI.