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Leadership Team

Meet Our Team of Visionaries

We have a passion for patients, based on our own personal experiences. When combined with scientific ingenuity and a commitment to transparency, we offer real solutions to those we serve.

Pictured above - Wa'el Hashad, President and CEO
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Wa'el Hashad

President and Chief Executive Officer

Wa’el Hashad joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2017. Wa’el is a passionate leader with more than 25 years of experience in biopharmaceutical management, sales and marketing, within both the U.S. and int...

Dan Dalton

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

In June 2016 Dan Dalton was named Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Avanir Pharmaceuticals. Dan came to Avanir with more than 25 years of experience working with biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. He brings signifi...

Aneta Ferguson

Vice President, General Counsel

Aneta Ferguson joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in January 2015 and currently serves as Vice President, General Counsel. Under her leadership, the Law Department is responsible for counseling Avanir on FDA regulatory matters, product life cycle manageme...

Lisa Locklear

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Locklear joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in September 2018 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  She brings extensive operational and strategic finance leadership to oversee the financial operations of Avanir, including controllersh...

Hisanori Maei

Vice President, Business Planning and Alliance Management

Nori Maei was appointed Vice President of Business Planning and Alliance Management in March 2015. He is responsible for all aspects of the Otsuka/Avanir alliance and is also in charge of planning international aspects of the business. Nori brings...

Kelly Parker

Vice President, Chief People Officer

Kelly Parker joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in June 2015 and now leads the Human Resources and Corporate Communications functions. In this role Kelly provides leadership, strategic vision and functional expertise to her team and the company. Prior ...