Board of Directors
ROBERT E. BROWN, JR., Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee, and Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Brown has been a member of the Board since June 2013 and has served as a director of the Company’s operating subsidiary, ANIP Acquisition Company d/b/a ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since July 2010. Mr. Brown has been active in the venture capital and private equity business for over 30 years and co-founded Meridian Venture Partners, II. L.P., a venture capital and private equity firm, in 2000 and its predecessor fund, Meridian Venture Partners, in 1987. Prior to 1987, Mr. Brown was a principal in a merchant banking firm active in both private equity and investment banking. Mr. Brown began his professional career as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. Subsequently, he worked for a subsidiary of The Penn Central Corporation as a financial analyst, and after graduation from law school, practiced corporate tax law at the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. Mr. Brown has served on the board of directors of numerous privately-held and public companies, including several healthcare related companies such as Implex Corporation, Dorland Data Networks, Omega Health Systems, Air Medical Group Holdings, Comprehensive Addiction Programs, Inc., and York Risk Services Group, Inc. Mr. Brown holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania.
THOMAS J. HAUGHEY, Director, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Haughey has been a member of the Board since May 2018. Mr. Haughey held the role of General Counsel and Secretary at Par Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. (“Par”) from 2003 through 2016. In addition to his role as General Counsel, he has held various additional executive roles at Par including President from 2011 to 2012 and, most recently, Chief Administrative Officer from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Haughey held positions at Schering-Plough Corporation, where he was Chief Counsel from 1998 to 2001 and Legal Director from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Mr. Haughey was an attorney at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and a certified public accountant at Arthur Anderson & Co. Mr. Haughey earned a B.S. in accounting at St. John’s University and a J.D. at the New York University School of Law.
NIKHIL LALWANI, Director and President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lalwani is ANI’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of ANI’s Board. Prior to joining ANI in September 2020, Mr. Lalwani worked at Cipla Ltd (NSE: CIPLA), a global pharmaceutical company, from May 2012 to August 2020 where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including CEO of Cipla USA, CEO of InvaGen, Head of US Strategy, M&A & Integration, and Head of Cipla’s Global Respiratory business. In these roles, Mr. Lalwani developed and executed multi-year strategic growth plans for key products and facilitated successful acquisitions as Cipla entered the specialty pharmaceutical space. Prior to Cipla, Mr. Lalwani was an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company serving pharmaceutical and healthcare companies across the world, and an engineer with Medtronic. Mr. Lalwani holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
DAVID B. NASH, M.D., M.B.A., Director, Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Member of the Audit and Finance Committee
Dr. Nash has been a member of the Board since May 2018. Dr. Nash is the founding dean emeritus of and the Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health, located on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, having taken that position in 2008. Previously, Dr. Nash was the Chairman of the Department of Health Policy of the Jefferson Medical College from 2003 until 2008. From January 2010 to April 2019, Dr. Nash served on the board of directors of Humana Inc., a health insurance company. Dr. Nash currently serves on the following privately held boards: InfoMC, Best Value Care and Fox Rehabilitation. Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement; his publications have appeared in many articles in major journals. Dr. Nash received his B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his M.B.A. in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
ANTONIO PERA, Director and Member of the Compensation Committee
Mr. Pera has been a member of the Board since August 2020. He served as President of Par Pharmaceutical, the fifth-largest generic manufacturer in the United States, which is now part of Endo International, plc, from December 2013 until his retirement in August 2019. Prior to Par, Mr. Pera held leadership positions at AmerisourceBergen, American Pharmaceuticals Partners, Bedford Laboratories, a division of Ben Venue Laboratories, and Baxter Healthcare. His breadth of experience spans sales, marketing, supply chain operations, and licensing, and he has played a pivotal role in the successful growth and commercialization efforts at several successful pharma entities. Mr. Pera holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.
JEANNE THOMA, Director and Member of the Audit and Finance Committee
Ms. Thoma has been a member of the Board since August 2020. She is the former President and CEO of SPI Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceuticals ingredients company and an innovative solutions provider of ingredients and drug delivery systems. Prior to joining SPI in January 2017, Ms. Thoma worked at Lonza AG, a Switzerland-based biotech company, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including President and COO of the Microbial Control Business Sector, and then as an independent consultant to various companies. Prior to joining Lonza in 2007, Ms. Thoma spent 14 years at BASF Corp. in the Pharma Solutions business where she held various leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Operations. Ms. Thoma is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies Association. Ms. Thoma holds a B.S. from Montclair State University and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
PATRICK D. WALSH, Chairman of the Board and Member of Compensation Committee
Mr. Walsh has served as a director since May 2018 and has been Chairman of the Board since June 2020. He also served as interim Chief Executive Officer of ANI from May 2020 to September 2020. In March 2021, Mr. Walsh was appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alcami, a global pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization. Mr. Walsh co-founded TriPharm Services, an injectable manufacturing business which was acquired by Alcami, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from May 2019 to April 2020. From 2015 to February 2019, Mr. Walsh was the Chief Executive Officer of Avista Pharma, a private equity-backed global provider of contract manufacturing, development and analytical testing services that was acquired by Cambrex. Mr. Walsh's earlier career includes serving Chief Executive Officer of AAIPharma Services Corporation in Wilmington, North Carolina, a global provider of contract manufacturing services that was acquired in 2014, as Chief Executive Officer of Kadmus Pharma, which was acquired by Organon Pharma, and also serving as President and Chief Operating Officer and board member of publicly-traded Gensia-Sicor, which was acquired by Teva.
Mr.Walsh currently serves as an independent board of director of Avid Bioservices (NASDAQ: CDMO), an independent director of Landec Corp (NASDAQ: LNDC), and an independent director of Industria Chemica Emiliano (I.C.E), a private-equity backed specialty chemical company based in Milan, Italy. Mr. Walsh is an Operating Partner (part-time) at healthcare private equity firm Ampersand Capital and is also Chairman and founder of Diligence Group LLC based in Durham, North Carolina.