Mr. Meury is a distinguished pharmaceutical leader with more than 25 years of operational and commercial experience delivering transformative medicines to patients
Succeeds current president, chief executive officer, and chairman, Steve Paul, M.D., who will transition to president of research and development and chief scientific officer
Christopher Coughlin to assume role of chairman of the board
Karuna Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRTX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company driven to create and deliver transformative medicines for people living with psychiatric and neurological conditions, today announced the appointment of Bill Meury as president and chief executive officer (CEO) and a member of the Company’s board, effective January 3, 2023. Mr. Meury will succeed Steve Paul, M.D., the current president, chief executive officer and chairman, who will transition to president of research and development and chief scientific officer and continue to serve as a member of the board following the effective date. At that time, Christopher Coughlin, the Company’s lead independent director, will assume the role of chairman of the board.
“Bill’s appointment as president and CEO is the result of a thoughtful succession plan initiated by Steve’s desire to follow his passion, the science, and focus on the continued growth of Karuna’s research and development efforts. As we considered the natural evolution of the Company, Bill’s leadership and expertise launching and commercializing medicines for psychiatric and neurological conditions was a seamless fit for Karuna, aligning with our strategy for late-stage clinical development and commercialization,” said Mr. Coughlin. “As we look to the future with Bill as CEO and Steve continuing to oversee our research and development efforts, Karuna is very well positioned for continued success in the coming years.”
Most recently, Mr. Meury served as a partner at Hildred Capital Management, a private equity firm focusing on the healthcare industry. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Allergan, where he had responsibility for over 50 products with $16 billion in revenue and over $3 billion in sales and marketing investment. In this role, he led multiple global divisions, including marketing, sales, business analytics, marketing operations, managed care, pricing, and customer service. Prior to this role, he served as Allergan’s president, branded pharma, and executive vice president, commercial, North American brands. He also served as executive vice president, sales and marketing, at Forest prior to its acquisition by Allergan. Mr. Meury serves on the board of directors of Syndax Pharmaceuticals and The Jed Foundation. He received a B.S. in economics from the University of Maryland.
“Karuna, with a completely novel pharmacological platform, has the potential to transform the way we think about, and treat, complex psychiatric and neurological conditions,” said Mr. Meury. “I have been impressed and inspired by what has been accomplished to date, and I am extremely optimistic about the road ahead as the Company approaches key milestones. I look forward to working alongside Steve, and the incredibly talented Karuna team, as we work toward the same goals – bringing innovative treatment options to those living with serious mental illness and building the capabilities to be a leading neuroscience company in biopharma.”
“To say I am proud of the work we have accomplished to date would be an understatement. As a result of the team’s unwavering commitment, we are on the path to potentially deliver the first new class of medicine for people living with schizophrenia in more than 50 years,” said Dr. Paul. “In my new role, I will continue to help the team deliver on the promise of KarXT and advance other innovative medicines in our pipeline. I have dedicated my career to solving the challenges of treating serious mental illness and I look forward to continuing my journey with Karuna, partnering with Bill and the rest of my colleagues.”
About Karuna Therapeutics
Karuna Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company driven to create and deliver transformative medicines for people living with psychiatric and neurological conditions. At Karuna, we understand there is a need for differentiated and more effective treatments that can help patients navigate the challenges presented by serious mental illness. Utilizing our extensive knowledge of neuroscience, we are harnessing the untapped potential of the brain in pursuit of novel pathways to develop medicines that make meaningful differences in peoples’ lives. For more information, please visit www.karunatx.com.
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