Members of Perrigo's Board of Directors

Board of Directors  |  Executive Management  |  Corporate Governance


Rolf Classon, 72, has been a direction of Perrigo since May 2017 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 2018. Rolf has extensive experience as a senior executive and Board member of a number of international medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Catalent, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care AG and Co. and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. Mr. Classon served on the board of Tecan Group, Ltd. from 2009 to April 28, the board of Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. from July 2001 to March 2018, and has served on a number of other Boards, including Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Millipore Corporation, and Prometheus Laboratories Inc. He was Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO for Bayer Healthcare from 2002 to 2004, in addition to holding a number of different positions at Bayer AG between 1991 and 2002. From 2005 to 2006 he served as interim President and CEO at Hillenbrand Industries, and prior to 1991 he held a number of different management positions at Pharmacia Corporation.


Bradley Alford, 61, has been a director of Perrigo since February 2017. Mr. Alford joined Advent International Corporation, a global private equity firm, in 2014 as an Industry Advisor and moved to Operating Partner in March of 2016. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Alford was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé USA. Mr. Alford also served as CEO and President of Nestlé Brands Company. He also serves as a director of Avery Dennison Corporation since April 2010, and Conagra Brands, Inc. since July 2015. Throughout his career, Mr. Alford has been focused on developing brands, initiatives to improve processes and facilitate best practices across an organization.


Laurie Brlas, 60, has been a director of Perrigo since August 2003.  Ms. Brlas served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation from September 2013 until October 2016.  She previously served as Executive Vice President and President of Global Operations of Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America, from October 2012 through July 2013, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 through September 2012, as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2008, and as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2006 to 2007.   Prior to that Ms. Brlas served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of STERIS Corporation, a provider of healthcare products, from 2000 through 2006. From 1995 through 2000, Ms. Brlas held various positions with Office Max, Inc., most recently as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. Ms. Brlas previously served as Chairman of the Board for Perrigo Company plc from April 2016 until May 2018.  From August 2016 to April 2018, Ms. Brlas has served as a director on the board of Calpine, a power company based in Houston, Texas.  Ms. Brlas also served as a director for Nova Chemicals from September 2008 to July 2009.  Since June 2017, Ms. Brlas has served as a director of Albemarle Corporation, a specialty chemicals company and Exelon Corporation, a power company based in Illinois, since September 2018.


Gary M. Cohen, 58, has been a director of Perrigo since January 2003.  Since 2006, he has served as Executive Vice President of Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”), a provider of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic systems. He also served as President of BD Medical, one of three business segments of BD, from 1999 until 2006. Mr. Cohen has been an executive officer of BD in various capacities since 1996.  Mr. Cohen presently serves as a director and co-chair of GBCHealth; director, founder and president of Together for Girls, Inc.; and a director of the following additional nonprofit organizations:  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation; the United States Fund for UNICEF; the Federal Drug Agents Foundation; and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.  He also serves as chairperson of the CDC Corporate Roundtable on Global Health Threats and Scientific Advisor for Grand Challenges Canada.


Adriana Karaboutis, 56, has been a direction of Perrigo since May 2017. Since August 2017, Ms. Karaboutis has served as Chief Information and Digital Officer of National Grid, a publicly traded utility company.  Ms. Karaboutis served as Executive Vice President, Technology, Business Solutions and Corporate Affairs at Biogen Inc., an independent biotechnology company from December 2015 to February 2017, and as Executive Vice President, Technology and Business Solutions from September 2014 to December 2015.   Prior to that, Ms. Karaboutis served as Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer of Dell, Inc., a global technology company, from 2011 to September 2014, and as Vice President of IT, Global Operations and Technology from 2010 to 2011. Ms. Karaboutis spent more than 20 years at General Motors Corporation and Ford Motor Company in various leadership positions, including computer-integrated manufacturing, supply chain operations and information technology. In addition, Ms. Karaboutis has been a director of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. since 2015.  Ms. Karaboutis served on the board of directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts from February 2016 to December 2017.


Murray S. Kessler, 59, was appointed President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Perrigo Company plc, effective October 8, 2018. Before joining Perrigo, Mr. Kessler served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of Lorillard, Inc. (2010-2015). He served as Vice Chair of Altria, Inc. (2009) and President and CEO of UST, Inc. (2000-2009), a wholly owned subsidiary. Previous to his time at UST, Mr. Kessler had over 18 years of consumer packaged goods experience with companies including Vlasic Foods International, Campbell Soup and The Clorox Company. Since 2015, Mr. Kessler served as voluntary President of the United States Equestrian Federation.


Jeff Kindler, 62, has been a director of Perrigo since February 2017.  Mr. Kindler has been a Venture Partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm, since 2012, and has served as CEO of Centrexion Corporation, a privately held bio therapeutics company that develops pain therapies, since 2013. In addition, Mr. Kindler serves as Executive Chairman of vTv, Managing Director at Starboard Capital Partners (unrelated to Starboard Value LP or any of its affiliates), and advisor to a number of healthcare companies. Prior to this, Mr. Kindler was Chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy at General Electric Company, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at McDonald’s, and President at Partner Brands. In addition, Mr. Kindler has served as a director of Intrexon since 2011, also serving as Chair of the Audit Committee, vTv Therapeutics since 2015, and Siga Technologies since 2013, as well as a number of privately held companies.


Donal O'Connor, 67, has been a director of Perrigo since November 2014 and was previously a director of Elan Corporation, plc from May 2008 until Perrigo’s acquisition of Elan in December 2013.  During Mr. O’Connor’s tenure on Elan’s board of directors, he served on Elan’s Audit and Leadership, Development and Compensation Committees.  He was previously a senior partner of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Ireland from 1995 until 2007.  He was also a member of Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Global Board from 2003 to 2008 and was a former chairman of the Eurofirms Board.  From December 2008 to May 2012, Mr. O’Connor served as a director for Readymix plc, an Irish concrete manufacturer and supplier, also serving on its audit and remuneration committees.  From December 2008 to June 2010, Mr. O’Connor served as Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank plc.  From July 2017 to July 2018, Mr. O’Connor served as a director of Malin Corporation plc.  Mr. O’Connor is a director of Theravance Biopharma, Inc. as of October 2015; and holds directorships in a number of private Irish companies.


Geoffrey M. Parker, 53, has been a director of Perrigo since November 2016.  Since April 2017, Mr. Parker has served as Chief Financial Officer of Tricida, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company.  Mr. Parker previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company, from September 2010 to May 2015.  From 1997 to 2009, Mr. Parker led the West Coast Healthcare Investment Banking practice at Goldman Sachs, where he advised leading companies in the biotechnology, life science tools and medical device industries.  Mr. Parker has served as a member of the board of directors of Genomic Health and ChemoCentryx since June 2016, and December 2009, respectively.  Mr. Parker served on the board of directors of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals from March 2016 until December 2017.


Theodore R. Samuels, 63, has been a director of Perrigo since January, 2017.  Mr. Samuels previously served as President of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a Capital Group company, from 2010-2016.  Mr. Samuels was an equity analyst and portfolio manager at Capital Group from 1981-2016.  He served on many management and investment committees within Capital during his tenure.  Mr. Samuels has also been a director of Stamps.com since January 2017 and a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb since February 2017.


Jeffrey Smith, 45, has been a director of Perrigo since February 2017. Mr. Smith is a Managing Member, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP. Mr. Smith has extensive experience in best-in-class corporate governance practices and significantly improving value at underperforming companies. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Advance Auto Parts and serves on the Board of Yahoo! Inc. Formerly Mr. Smith was Chairman of the Board of Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Phoenix Technologies Ltd., and sat on the Boards of many other companies.


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