Willie A. Deese

Director since 2016


Retired Executive Vice President, Merck & Co. Inc. and President, Merck Manufacturing Division.
Joined Merck in 2004 as Senior Vice President of Global Procurement.

Senior Vice President and Director, Purchasing, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.

Vice President, Purchasing, Kaiser Permanente.

Led the integration of Glaxo and SmithKline procurement organizations during merger; became Senior Vice President, Global Procurement and Logistics at GlaxoSmithKline.

Former Chairman of North Carolina A&T State University Board of Trustees.

Named one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Director of Dentsply Sirona USA, CDK Global, Inc. and G1 Therapeutics, Inc.

Skills and Qualifications:

Management/Finance/Regulatory/Governance/Manufacturing/Technology – Mr. Deese has significant regulatory, manufacturing and procurement experience from his service as Executive Vice President of Merck & Co., Senior Vice President of Merck Manufacturing Division and Senior Vice President of Global Procurement and Logistics at GlaxoSmithKline.

The Board views Mr. Deese’s background as a leader in a highly regulated industry to be of significant value in light of the many regulatory requirements our Company faces. His experience with manufacturing and technology are valuable to oversight of our operations.