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Leadership

  • Richard L. Love

    Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Love has been one of our directors since September 2007 and was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2016. Mr. Love is presently a Manager of Translational Accelerator, LLC. Mr. Love is also a Director of PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL), a publicly traded company, and is a Director of the following private companies: Applied MicroArrays Inc., PMed Management LLC, SynDevRx Inc., Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals Inc. and CerRx Inc. He was previously a Director of ImaRx Therapeutics Inc., and, prior to its acquisition by us in July 2007, served as Chairman of the Board of Systems Medicine, Inc. He started two biopharmaceutical companies, Triton Biosciences Inc. and ILEX Oncology Inc., and he served as Chief Executive Officer for Triton Biosciences from 1983 to 1991 and as Chief Executive Officer for ILEX Oncology 1994 to 2001. In addition, Mr. Love has served in executive positions at not-for-profit organizations, including the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, The San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. Mr. Love received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

  • Jack W. Singer, M.D.

    EVP, Chief Scientific Officer, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Translational Medicine

     

    Jack W. Singer, M.D., is a founder of CTI BioPharma and currently serves as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Translational Medicine. Dr. Singer has been one of the Company’s directors since its inception in September 1991. From 2004 to June 2012, Dr. Singer was the Company’s Chief Medical Officer. From July 1995 to January 2004, Dr. Singer was Executive Vice President, Research Program Chairman, and from April 1992 to July 1995, he served as Executive Vice President, Research and Development. He also serves on the board of directors of DiaKine Therapeutics Inc.

    Prior to joining CTI, Dr. Singer was Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and full Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. From 1975 to 1992, he was the Chief of Medical Oncology at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Singer received his M.D. from State University of New York, Downstate Medical College.

  • Bruce J. Seeley

    EVP, Chief Commercial Officer

    Bruce J. Seeley joined CTI BioPharma in July 2015 as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer. Mr. Seeley leads CTI BioPharma’s commercial organization worldwide, including sales, marketing, commercial operations, medical affairs and supply chain.

    Mr. Seeley has more than 25 years of global commercial experience and a proven track record of successfully launching products in various markets and regulatory environments. Most recently, Mr. Seeley was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Diagnostics at NanoString Technologies Inc. overseeing the launch of the diagnostic product PROSIGNA® for early stage breast cancer. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Commercial at Seattle Genetics where he built and led the commercial organization, including marketing, sales and managed markets, and successfully launched the company’s first product, ADCETRIS®, a targeted therapy for lymphoma. He also previously held key leadership positions in marketing at Genentech (now a member of the Roche Group), where he led the launch of HERCEPTIN® in adjuvant breast cancer. Earlier in his career he held various commercial roles at Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (a part of Sanofi) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Mr. Seeley received a B.A. In Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

  • Matthew J. Plunkett, Ph.D.

    EVP, Chief Business Officer

    Matthew J. Plunkett, Ph.D., was named Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer, in December 2015. He joined CTI BioPharma in September 2012 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Dr. Plunkett leads CTI BioPharma’s partnering strategy including development collaborations, licensing agreements, and strategic alliances. He is also responsible for manufacturing, investor relations, program management, and alliance management within the company.

    Dr. Plunkett has more than 15 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, spanning basic research, investment banking, and executive operational roles. Most recently, Dr. Plunkett was Chief Financial Officer at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a $3 billion fund for California stem cell research. Previously, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at iPierian, a privately held development-stage biotechnology company. He also spent nine years at Oppenheimer & Co. and its U.S. predecessor, CIBC World Markets, most recently serving as Managing Director and head of West Coast Biotechnology. He has advised on more than 70 completed transactions for companies in the U.S., Europe and Australia, including more than $4 billion in equity and equity-linked transactions and $1 billion in merger, acquisition and other financial advisory transactions. He began his scientific career at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals and Axys Advanced Technologies.

    Dr. Plunkett received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California.

  • Louis A. Bianco

    EVP, Finance and Administration

    Louis A. Bianco is a founder of CTI BioPharma and has been the Company’s Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration since February 1992. He was a Director of CTI BioPharma from the Company’s inception in September 1991 to April 1992 and from April 1993 to April 1995. From January 1989 through January 1992, Mr. Bianco was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank Capital Corporation in charge of risk management. Mr. Bianco is a Certified Public Accountant and received his M.B.A. from New York University.

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