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Garo H. Armen
Garo H. Armen

Dr. Garo H. Armen is a Turkish-born, of Armenian descent, USA businessman.

He was born on January 31, 1953, in Turkey. He moved to New York in 1970. According to the New York Times  he became a messenger boy for a nonprofit Armenian organization. In the article Armen stated, “I worked five hours a day, five days a week. I got two bucks an hour…and that was a lot of money for me. His second job was in the kitchen of the Lawyers’ Club but it only lasted a day. “I thought I’d learn to cook. Instead, they asked me to wash dishes. I had to climb into the soup bucket, which was huge, and clean it out. Shortly after, I got a job in a bank as a clerk.”

One night in 1978, in the middle of the energy crisis, Armen was driving home when he stopped at a gas station. “I noticed that gas pumps only had two digits [for the per gallon price],” in interview with The Scientist “Realizing that continued rising prices would force the pumps to be replaced in the near future, I borrowed $5,000 to invest in gas pumps.” Soon enough, virtually every gas pump in America was replaced – and Armen had made $20,000. His interest in business was pricked, and had already paid off.

By 1979, he received his PhD in physical chemistry from the City University of New York. Armen served as Senior Vice President of Research for Dean Witter Reynolds (1986–1989), focusing on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and with E.F. Hutton & Company as first Vice President (1981–1986). Before entering finance, Armen has been an associate professor at the Merchant Marine Academy and as a research associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Armen’s journey into drug development began when his mother died from breast cancer in 1973. The two shared a one-room Brooklyn apartment where Armen administered her morphine shots until she died. In 1994, Armen was approached by Pramod Srivastava, then a biochemist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, about the possibility of developing Oncophage from a clinical and commercial perspective. The treatment involved removing a patient’s tumor cells, isolating and fortifying the cellular proteins that normally alert the immune system to disease, and re-injecting the proteins into the patient. In 1994, Armen co-founded Antigenics with Srivastava.

Career and business ventures:

Agenus:

Armen is chairman and chief executive officer of Agenus Inc., formerly known as Antigenics Inc., a biotechnology company that discovered Oncophage, a personalized cancer vaccine recently approved in Russia for patients with earlier-stage kidney cancer and currently under review with the European Regulatory Agency. The clinical history of Oncophage was chartered extensively in a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2007. In another interview with Business Week and CBS, Armen described how the idea of personalized medicine tailored to the patient grabbed him and launched Antigenics with $250,000 of his own money, plus the backing of a few friends. He was initially stirred by the results from animal testing; the vaccine cured 80% of mice in the early stages of cancer with virtually no side effects.

By February 2000, Antigenics went public at $18 a share, raising $72.5 million. A few months later the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to review the vaccine on an accelerated schedule when the company filed for approval, and Antigenics began recruiting 728 patients with kidney cancer for the phase 3 trial, the largest study conducted in the world.

Ultimately, 118 cancer centers participated in the trial, 63 of them outside the U.S.. The largest group of patients, 172, was treated in Russia. In April 2008, Oncophage was approved by the Russian Ministry of Health, making Russia the first country in the world to approve a personalized cancer vaccine in patients with earlier-stage kidney cancer. On the day Antigenics announced Oncophage’s approval, CNBC ran a lead story on the personalized cancer vaccine as well as generating a debate on both television and their website on the regulatory landscape in Russia versus USA – the question posed to the audience was whether America had fallen behind the rest of the world in terms of approving innovative drugs? CNBC concluded with the following statement “The Antigenics story, of course, is making big news in Russia. It’s the top story, for example, on this news web site. According to our Senior Economics Correspondent Steve Liesman–who used to live and work in Russia where he won a Pulitzer for his reporting–the headline says, Russia becomes the first country in the world to sell an American cancer vaccine.” Armen is now focusing the company’s efforts in Europe, and hopes to receive marketing approval for Oncophage in early 2010.

Oncophage is currently[when?] in clinical development for brain cancer, a devastating disease with few treatment options and survival rates of between three and six months, according to the lead investigator, Dr. Andrew Parsa from UCSF. The study is showing encouraging results and the first patient who received the vaccine, Ms Hammerman, was interviewed by Good Morning America describing her experiences of taking the vaccine.

Elan:

While retaining his position at Antigenics, Armen became chairman of the board of directors for the biopharmaceutical company Élan Corporation plc from mid-2002 through 2004. The company was on the brink of collapse brought down by an accounting scandal that earned it the label of “Europe’s Enron”. During his tenure, Armen became the architect of the company’s $1 billion restructuring program by strengthening Élan’s finances, refocusing the group on its core clinical development business and returning shareholder value. On the day that Armen assumed chairmanship, the Wall Street Journal and BBC discussed the restructuring plan in some detail. He said “(our) first task is clean house…the world is concerned we’ll file for bankruptcy”.

By 2004, the Sunday Times of London  hailed Armen as the chairman that saved the company stating that “it is one of the great corporate recovery stories.” Armen commented “ For about three months… every day, every hour was critical. Any one of many things could have made the company collapse. We were on the hook every single day until we had an agreement to sell our first major asset.”

Armen Partners:

Prior to founding Antigenics in 1994, Armen established Armen Partners, a money management firm specializing in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and was the originator of the widely publicized creation of the Immunex Lederle oncology business in 1993.

Gary C. Kelly
Gary C. Kelly

Gary C. Kelly is the chief executive officer and chairman of Southwest Airlines. He first joined the company in 1986 as Controller. In 1989, Kelly was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. In 2001, he was promoted to Executive Vice President. Kelly spent 3 years in this role until he was promoted to his current position as CEO and vice chairman in 2004 replacing James Parker who succeeded Herb Kelleher in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Kelly was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southwest Airlines on May 21, 2008, replacing co-founder Herb Kelleher. Gary Kelly also became president of Southwest Airlines the same year, replacing Colleen Barrett when her contract expired on July 15, 2008.

Kelly was named one of the best CEOs in America for 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Institutional Investor magazine and serves on the President’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness.

Glenn F. Tilton
Glenn F. Tilton

Glenn Tilton (born April 1948, in Washington, D.C.) was Midwest Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee, at JP Morgan Chase, a position he has held from June 6, 2011 to 2014. Tilton was formerly non-executive Chairman of United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent company of United Air Lines, Inc. and Continental Airlines, Inc. as of October 1, 2010. Tilton was formerly Chairman, President, and CEO of UAL Corporation from 2002-2010.
Tilton testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in June 2010

Tilton is also the former Chairman of the Air Transport Association, the industry trade organization representing U.S. airlines.

Tilton grew up in Latin America, and attended high school in Brazil, where his father worked for the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency. After earning a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina, Tilton wanted to start a career in the airline industry, but was warned against it by a family friend, the manager of the Pan American Airways Latin America Division. Tilton listened to the friend’s advice and went on to follow his father’s footsteps and join the C.I.A. but months before his start date, Tilton began a career in the private sector working for Texaco in 1970, servicing gas stations throughout Washington, D.C.

Tilton attained positions of increasing responsibility over the next three decades, and in early 2001 Tilton was briefly named chairman and chief executive officer before Chevron and Texaco merged to form ChevronTexaco Corporation. He was named vice chairman of the newly merged company in late 2001 and a few months later he was also named interim chairman of Dynegy, in which ChevronTexaco held a significant stake.

In September 2002, Tilton was recruited by the Board of Directors of the struggling UAL Corporation to be Chairman, President, and CEO, replacing John W. Creighton, Jr. as Chairman and CEO, and Rono Dutta as President. The board believed that an airline outsider such as Tilton could turnaround the struggling carrier. UAL Corporation and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy in December 2002, three months into Tilton’s tenure.

What would follow would be one of the largest, longest, and most complex bankruptcy cases in American history. UAL Corporation operated in bankruptcy until February 2, 2006.

Tilton is controversial for his stance as a major advocate for consolidation in the airline industry. Tilton has stated he believes it is the only way to end commercial aviation’s cycles of booms and busts. Since 2006, Tilton had been searching for a merger partner for United Airlines. In May 2010, Tilton inked a deal to merge UAL Corporation with Continental Airlines, Inc. to form United Continental Holdings, Inc. of which Tilton was the first Chairman of the Board. As agreed prior to the merger of United and Continental, Tilton was replaced by CEO Jeff Smisek as Chairman on December 31, 2012. Tilton remains a board member for UAL.

Tilton serves on the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories and a member of the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board. Tilton also serves on the board of trustees for the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, and the board for the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and After School Matters, as well as on the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the International Relations Advisory Council of Chicago 2016.

Awards:

Glenn F. Tilton was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 2014 in the area of Business & Industry.

Gordon Nixon
Gordon Nixon

Gordon M. “Gord” Nixon, CM, O.Ont (born January 25, 1957) was the President, CEO and Director of Royal Bank of Canada, from 2001 to 2014.

Early life:

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he was educated at Lower Canada College. Nixon received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in 1979, and holds Honourary Doctor of Laws from both Queen’s University and Dalhousie University.

Nixon began his career in 1979 at Dominion Securities in Toronto and worked in global markets, investment banking and in 1986 transferred to Tokyo to assume responsibility for the firm’s operations in Japan. Dominion Securities was acquired by Royal Bank of Canada in 1987 and Nixon returned to Toronto in 1989 as a managing director of the Investment Banking Division and in 1995 was appointed head of Global Investment Banking. In 1999, Nixon became chief executive officer of RBC Capital Markets and a member of Royal Bank’s Executive Committee.

Career:

Nixon was appointed president of Royal Bank of Canada on April 1, 2001 and chief executive officer on August 1, 2001. After 13 years as chief executive officer, Nixon retired on August 1, 2014.

Nixon is Chairman of Bell Canada Enterprises and is a director of George Weston Limited, BlackRock Inc. and he is on the advisory board of KingSett Capital.

Nixon is chairman of MaRS, a not-for-profit organization that connects science, business and capital, chairman of the Queen’s University Capital Campaign and is a director of the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is past chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Premier’s Jobs and Prosperity Council and has served as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, health care and education.

Nixon has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and is an inductee into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Award, the Canadian Business Leader Award, and has been included on both Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEO’s and Bloomberg’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. Nixon is an Honouree of the Public Policy Forum and is a recipient of the CIJA/UJA Words and Deeds Leadership Award, the Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellowship, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, a Learning Partnership Champion of Public Education Tribute and an American Banker Innovator of the Year Award.

Gregory Wasson
Gregory Wasson

Gregory David Wasson (born October 19, 1958) is Co-Founder and President of Wasson Enterprise, a family-based investment office, and the former President and CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to the merger of Walgreens and Alliance Boots, Greg was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG), the nation’s largest retail community pharmacy chain, which in fiscal 2014 had $76.4 billion of sales, 8,309 locations, and 251,000 employees.

Greg served as chief executive officer at Walgreens and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014. Since joined the company in 1980, Greg was appointed to positions of increasing responsibility, including President of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2002, Senior Vice President of Walgreens in 2004, Executive Vice President of Walgreens in 2005, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens in 2007.

Greg has served as a Director of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), since March 2013 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee. As of July 2015, Greg was appointed as Director and a member of the Audit Committee of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). Greg joined Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the largest customer-owned health insurance company, as a Director in November 2015, and in addition to serving on its Board, Wasson serves on HCSC’s Finance and Audit & Compliance committee.

In addition, Greg serves on the Trustee Board of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) and Board of World Business Chicago (WBA) as well as a member of The Business Council, CEO Perspective, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and Chicago Club. Greg and his wife Kimberly are the 2016 co-chairs of the 36th Annual MSI Columbian Ball.

In 2015, Greg received the Sheldon W. Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the industry from National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ (NACDS) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) honored Greg with the GMA Hall of Achievement Award. In 2016, Greg received two awards from Purdue University: the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of professional and endeavor achievements, and the Career Achievement Award, the pinnacle award bestowed upon alumni who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of exemplary service in pharmacy and service to Purdue.

Previously, Greg served as a Director of AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC), a leader in global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services, with which Walgreens has a long-term strategic relationship, and served as member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Boots GmbH, the leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group.

Past roles include Chairman of National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the Vice Chairman of Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), member of the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, and the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, as well as being a member of the British-American Business Council International Advisory Board. In addition, Greg served many years as a board member of Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), The Field Museum, and the Midtown Educational Foundation and a member of the Illinois chapter of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer and co-chaired the society’s 2014 Discovery Ball.

Early life:

Wasson was born October 19, 1958 in Lafayette, Indiana, the third of five children of Richard “Dick” and Phyllis Wasson. His family lived in Delphi until he was 13, and then moved to nearby Monticello, Indiana. Wasson graduated from Twin Lakes High School.

Two of Wasson’s relatives were pharmacists, and they encouraged him to study pharmacy at Purdue University. Wasson met his future wife there, also a pharmacy student. They married on their graduation day in 1981.

Georgio Armani
Georgio Armani

Giorgio Armani was born in 11 July 1934 in the northern Italian town of Piacenza, where he was raised with his older sibling Sergio and younger sister Rosanna by his mom Maria Raimondi and father Ugo Armani. Is an Italian fashion designer. He previously came to see, working for Cerruti and afterward for some, others, including Allegri, Bagutta and Hilton. He framed his organization, Armani, in 1975, which ultimately broadened into music, game and luxury hotels. He is additionally the most open richest LGBT individual on the planet. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Armani has a net worth of $9.53 billion in 2021.

Armani is a very private man, but he openly identifies as bisexual. In the end, he decided to take a different career path. She had a long-term relationship with her business partner, fashion designer Sergio Galeotti who died in 1985 of a heart attack.

After his stretch in the military, Armani got a new line of work as a window dresser at La Rinascente, a retail shop in Milan in 1957. He proceeded to turn into a dealer for the menswear division, in which limit he acquired significant involvement with the advertising part of the fashion industry. Armani set up an inventive relationship with the fashion business, described by the 1978 agreement with Gruppo Finanzario Tessile (GFT), which made it possible to deliver extravagance prepared to-wear in an manufacturing enviroment under the mindful management of the organization’s creator. Armani is credited with spearheading red-carpet fashion. The Armani Hotel was opened in Burj Khalifa on 27th April, 2010, containing the last 39 stories of the super tall high rise in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; it has 160 visitor rooms and suites, and 144 homes.

 

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Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

Giovanni Vincenzo “Gianni” Infantino was born into the world in 23rd March 1970 in Brig, Switzerland. He is a Swiss–Italian football head and the current leader of FIFA. He was chosen President of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016. He was reappointed as FIFA President on 5 June 2019. On 10 January 2020 he was chosen an individual from the International Olympic Committee. He is a child of Italian migrant guardians from Calabria and Lombardy. He examined law at the University of Fribourg. He is conversant in Italian, Spanish, French, and German. Infantino likewise communicates in English, Portuguese and Arabic. Infantino is hitched to Lebanese Leena Al Ashqar; the couple have four youngsters (Alessia, Sabrina, Shanïa Serena and Dhalia Nora). He is a fanatic of the Italian club Inter Milan.

Infantino filled in as the Secretary General of the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel. Gianni Infantino began working with the UEFA in August 2000, and was delegated as the Director of UEFA’s Legal Affairs and Club Licensing Division in January 2004. He became Deputy General Secretary of UEFA in 2007, and Secretary General of UEFA in October 2009. During his time there, UEFA presented Financial Fair Play and worked on business backing to more modest public affiliations. Infantino was an individual from FIFA’s Reform Committee. On 26 October 2015, he got the sponsorship of the UEFA Executive Committee to represent the situation of president in the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress. Around the same time, he affirmed his bid and presented the necessary revelations of help. He vowed to extend the FIFA World Cup to forty groups.

On 26 February 2016, he was chosen FIFA President for a time of three years. Swiss man Infantino holds double citizenship through his folks. With his political race, he turned into the main Italian to hold the Presidency of FIFA. Infantino was embroiled in the FIFA debasement embarrassment in records delivered in the 2016 Panama Papers. They show that UEFA attempted arrangements with arraigned figures where already they had denied any relationship. Infantino has expressed he is “alarmed” at the reports and that he has never actually managed the gatherings in question. In July 2016, Infantino was suspected to have broken the FIFA code of morals, and was met by the investigatory office of the FIFA Ethics Committee. In July 2020 further charges emerged when Infantino was blamed for having a mysterious gathering with Michael Lauber, the Attorney General of Switzerland. Lauber offered to leave after a court said he concealed the gathering and deceived bosses during an examination by his office into defilement encompassing FIFA. Infantino reacted to the charge by guarding himself guaranteeing “To meet with the head legal officer of Switzerland is totally real and it’s completely lawful. It’s no infringement of anything.”

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Gurdeep Singh
Gurdeep Singh

GURDEEP SINGH is the Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC Limited (some time ago known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited). It’s anything but an Indian Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It is the biggest force organization in India with an electric force creating limit of 63925 MW (counting JVs) Although the organization has approx. 17.04% of the all out public limit it adds to more than 24% of complete force age because of its emphasis on working its force plants at higher effectiveness levels. NTPC right now delivers 25 billion units of power each month. NTPC are attempting to turn into a coordinated energy organization instead of just stay a coal-based force organization. The organization has set an aggressive objective for non-petroleum derivative based ability to arrive at 30% of the complete introduced limit by 2032. The time has come to consider new clean energy arrangements including for cooking and cooling purposes.

Gurdeep Singh is a mechanical architect from NIT Kurukshetra and has gone through Management Education Program from IIM Ahmedabad (India). He has additionally gotten the executives and administration preparing from worldwide establishments like Saïd Business School-Oxford (UK), Harvard-Kennedy School (USA), Darden School of Management – Virginia (USA), Singapore Civil Services College (Singapore) and ISB Hyderabad India.

Shri Gurdeep Singh, took over as Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC on fourth February 2016. He has a renowned lifetime crossing more than thirty years in the force area. He began his vocation in 1987 as an Engineer Trainee with NTPC and has managed different positions in both public and private areas. He has worked at CxO/Senior situations in Indian organizations (GSECL, IDFC and CESC) just as in worldwide organizations (PowerGen, CLP and AES). His wide going experience involving all parts of force age business, in various associations and diverse climate, has given him the novel capacity to manage complicated and complex issues of force area. Before joining NTPC, he was Managing Director of Gujarat State Electricity Company (GSECL). His supported spotlight on cost decrease brought about conceptualisation of coal trading and cargo defense much early. His visionary initiative changed GSECL and made the organization profoundly cost-cutthroat and forward looking. He solidly accepts that the way to greatness is word related wellbeing and security, worker strengthening, ability expansion and interaction streamlining. He has put more prominent accentuation on worldwide openness to NTPC chiefs to prepare them for future business challenges. He has dispatched a progression of drives to support NTPC’s development and achieve social changes important to keep up with NTPC’s situation as a main worldwide force organization. His push on limiting natural impression, augmenting manageability endeavors and a focussed methodology of ‘Minimal expense Low Emission’ lines up with India’s aspiring objective of cleaner and moderate force for all.