H. Thomas Watkins

H. Thomas Watkins

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Human Genome Sciences (acquired by GlaxoSmithKline)
Mr. Watkins joined the Horizon board in April 2014.  In his most recent role, he was director, president and chief executive officer of Human Genome Sciences (HGS) from 2004 until HGS was acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in 2012.  Before leading HGS, Mr. Watkins spent over twenty years in senior roles at Abbott and its affiliates in the U.S. and Asia, most recently serving as the president of TAP Pharmaceutical Products, Inc., which was jointly owned by Abbott and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Inc.  During his tenure, he led the growth of TAP from approximately $2 billion to over $4 billion in annual revenue.  Mr. Watkins began his career in 1974 with Arthur Andersen & Co.  From 1979 to 1985, he was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, Inc., working with multinational companies in the U.S., Europe and Japan.  Mr. Watkins holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary, and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  Currently, Mr. Watkins is the chairman of the board of directors of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He is also member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and a member of the board of visitors of The College of William and Mary.
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