Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Valentino has served as Executive Chairman of the Board since July 2011 and brings over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including a broad range of critical leadership positions at both major pharmaceutical companies and venture-backed start-ups. In June 2003, Mr. Valentino successfully built start-up Adams Respiratory Therapeutics into a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company with more than $490 million in annual revenue and leading OTC brands such as Mucinex® and Delsym®. Under his leadership, Adams completed its initial public offering in July 2005, which was ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the No. 1 Health Care IPO in 2005, and in December 2007, the Company entered into a definitive agreement under which it would be acquired by Reckitt Benckiser, a world leader in household cleaning, health, and personal care, for approximately $2.3 billion. Previously, Mr. Valentino was President and Chief Operating Officer at Alpharma, a leading global generic pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Alpharma, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Head Consumer Pharmaceuticals for Novartis AG. He earlier served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Novartis Consumer Healthcare, North America. Mr. Valentino was also President of Pharmacia & Upjohn’s Consumer Products Division. Throughout his career, Mr. Valentino has been at the forefront of 7 major prescription-to-OTC switches, including such well-known consumer brands as Benadryl®, Rogaine Extra Strength®, Motrin Jr.®, Nasalcrom®, Lamisil®, Voltaren (EU), and Mucinex®. He currently serves as a Board Member of Assisted4Living Inc. (ASSF: OTC), a post-acute provider of healthcare from birth through end of life. Mr. Valentino has also served as Chairman of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.