Aratana Therapeutics, a pet therapeutics company focused on the licensing, development and commercialization of innovative biopharmaceutical products for companion animals, today announced that the Board of Directors has elected Wendy Yarno as Chairman of Aratana’s Board of Directors. She will replace Jay Lichter, Ph.D., who has resigned from the Board.
Stated Dr. Lichter, “I am delighted to transition the Chairmanship to Ms. Yarno. Given her extensive commercial expertise and experience at multiple multinational healthcare companies, we view this as a strategic move as we transition from a development-stage company to one that also has commercial operations.”
According to Ms. Yarno, “I am both honored and eager to serve as Aratana’s newly-appointed Chairman.” “Aratana has had a great deal of recent success in its development pipeline. With this success, the company has moved closer to its objective of having six products on the market next year. I look forward to applying my expertise during this exciting time of growth for Aratana.”
Ms. Yarno has been a member of Aratana’s Board since 2013 and previously held various management positions leading multiple business groups during her 26-year career at Merck & Co, Inc., including Chief Marketing Officer where she led a team of more than 3,000 responsible for supporting product commercialization across more than 20 therapeutic areas. She has also served as Merck’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Vice President of Johnson & Johnson, Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical’s highly profitable Women’s Health Care Franchise.
In addition to her board position with Aratana, Ms. Yarno currently holds public company board positions with St. Jude Medical, Inc. and Medivation, Inc.