Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NasdaqGS: SPPI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on novel and targeted oncology therapies, announced today that Tom Riga, currently Chief Commercial and Chief Operating Officer, will be the next President and CEO effective December 31, 2021. Mr. Riga will also join the company’s Board of Directors upon assuming his new role. Spectrum and Joseph Turgeon, President and CEO, have agreed that Mr. Turgeon will retire from Spectrum on December 31, 2021, after nine years with the company. Accordingly, he will also be stepping down from Spectrum’s Board of Directors.
“We welcome Tom as the new CEO of Spectrum and look forward to the continued benefits of his entrepreneurial and executive experience as we work to progress our two lead product candidates to commercialization,” said William Ashton, Chairman of Spectrum’s Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would also like to thank Joe for his many contributions to the company and wish him success in his future endeavors. The Board has been preparing for this day and we have complete confidence that Tom is the right leader for the organization as we embark on our next stage.”
Mr. Turgeon joined the Company in October 2012 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2017. He will continue to lead the company until his retirement and ensure a smooth and orderly transition for his successor.
Mr. Riga joined the company in July 2013 as VP of Corporate Accounts and was named Chief Commercial Officer in August 2014 and Chief Operating Officer in December 2017. Mr. Riga has over 20 years of pharmaceutical leadership experience and has demonstrated a record of success in various positions at Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and Company, Amgen Inc. and Dendreon Pharmaceuticals LLC. He has led multiple product launches in the oncology market, delivering innovative cancer care while establishing world class partnerships with key industry stakeholders.
“I am humbled and honored to lead the Spectrum team at this point in the company’s development,” stated Tom Riga. “The company has transitioned to focus on novel therapeutics, and the goal of making a difference in the lives of patients with cancer.”
About Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing novel and targeted oncology therapies. Spectrum has a strong track record of successfully executing across the biopharmaceutical business model, from in-licensing and acquiring differentiated drugs, clinically developing novel assets, successfully gaining regulatory approvals, and commercializing in a competitive healthcare marketplace. Spectrum has a late-stage pipeline with novel assets that serve areas of unmet need. This pipeline has the potential to transform the Company in the near future. For additional information on Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, please visit www.sppirx.com.
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