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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Appointment of Victoria Vakiener as a Director
At the recommendation of the Nomination Committee, the Board of Directors of Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Victoria Vakiener as an independent director of the Company effective May 2, 2022.
Ms. Vakiener also serves on the board of directors of Chimerix, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. From November 2018 through September 2021, she served as Chief Commercial Officer of Epizyme, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, where she built the commercial organization and launched TAZVERIK for two indications within six months. Prior to joining Epizyme, Ms. Vakiener was an executive at Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company, for more than twenty years where she held positions of leadership with increasing responsibility across the company’s pharmaceutical and diagnostics businesses. Ms. Vakiener began her pharmaceutical career at Schering-Plough, where she spent nine years in both scientific and commercial roles. Ms. Vakiener received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Albright College. Ms. Vakiener’s qualifications to serve on the board include her extensive experience in drug development and commercialization, including executive level leadership roles and directorships in publicly held biotech companies.
Ms. Vakiener will receive standard compensation and equity awards available to non-employee directors of the Company. The Company’s non-employee director compensation program is described in the “Director Compensation” section of the Company’s definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on January 26, 2022. In addition, in connection with her appointment, Ms. Vakiener received a grant of 17,181 restricted stock units that are scheduled to vest over three years.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 5, 2022
|ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.|
|Chief Financial Officer|