Jonathan Peacock

Non-Executive Chairman, New York, US

Jonathan has 35 years global experience in operations, strategy and business development. He is the former CFO of Amgen Inc. based in California, USA and prior to that was the CFO of the Pharmaceuticals Division of Novartis AG, based in Switzerland with global responsibilities including business development and strategy. During Jonathan’s tenure as CFO of Amgen, Amgen Inc.’s share price increased by approximately 125%. Novartis Pharma AG’s operating profit increased over 40% during his tenure as CFO of that company. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Jonathan was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he was co-head of the European Corporate Finance practice.

He was also a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and New York from 1993 to 1998. He has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Jonathan has extensive expertise in strategy, finance and operations within the biopharma industry. He has raised over $20bn in new capital and has been engaged throughout his career in business development and mergers and acquisitions on both the buy-side and sell-side globally. Jonathan was the CEO of NASDAQ-listed Bellerophon Therapeutics until November 2016 and is currently the Chairman; he also sits on the board of Avantor, Inc. He was formerly a non-executive director of Kite Pharma from 2014 to 2017 where he sat on the Board’s Transaction Committee for the successful acquisition of Kite by Gilead Sciences for $11.9bn in August 2017. He brings to the company hands-on experience in managing large and small biopharma companies, and a unique perspective on the factors driving successful partnerships or investments by bigger biopharma companies.