Executive Chairman and Director
Thompson Dean has served as a director since December 4, 2015 and as the Executive Chairman of our board of directors since December 10, 2015. Mr. Dean is a Managing Partner and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Avista and has served in various capacities at Avista since its founding in in 2005.
From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Dean served as Co-Managing Partner of DLJMB Fund, Inc. (‘‘DLJMB’’) and was Chairman of the investment committees of DLJMB I, DLJMB II, DLJMB III and DLJ Growth Capital Partners. Mr. Dean currently serves on the boards of Acino Pharma AG, National Spine & Pain Centers and Trimb Healthcare AB. Mr. Dean also previously served on the Boards of Directors of Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., ConvaTec Healthcare B S.a.r.l., Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc., IWCO Direct, Inc., Nycomed A/S, Sidewinder Drilling, Inc., VWR Corp. (NASDAQ: VWR) and Zest Anchors LLC.
Mr. Dean is a former trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall and The Eaglebrook School. In addition, he serves on various committees of the Boys Club of New York, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association and the Museum of the City of New York. Mr. Dean received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Dean was chosen to serve as the Executive Chairman of our board of directors because of his executive level management experience at Avista, board and advisory experience with other companies in and outside of the healthcare industry and his extensive experience in the areas of finance, strategy, international business transactions and mergers and acquisitions.