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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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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 over 25 years of pharmaceutical experience in sales, marketing and general management, within both the U.S. and...
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 Pharmaceuticals with over 25 years of experience working with Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies. After...
Executive Director, General Counsel
Aneta Ferguson joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in January 2015 and her current role is Executive Director, General Counsel. Under her leadership, the Legal Department is responsible for counseling Avanir Pharmaceuticals on FDA regulatory matters...
Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Lezotre joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in June 2015 as Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Dr. Lezotre leads all aspects of the Global Regulatory Affairs function. Under his leadership, his group is responsible for all...
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Locklear joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in September 2018 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She brings a long career of operational and strategic finance leadership to oversee the financial operations of Avanir including...
Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
Linda MacDonald joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals as the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in January 2018 to lead Corporate Operations. She brings over 20 years of U.S. and global biopharmaceutical industry experience developing high...
Vice President, Business Planning and Alliance Management
Nori Maei was appointed Vice President of Business Planning and Alliance Management in March of 2015. He is responsible for all aspects of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical/Avanir Pharmaceuticals alliance and is also in charge of planning international...
Executive Director, Chief People Officer
Kelly Parker joined Avanir Pharmaceuticals in June 2015 and now leads the Human Resources and Corporate Communications functions. Prior to joining Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Kelly worked at Allergan. In that role, Kelly provided support and guidance...