André Choulika, Ph.D., has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since August 2010. Dr. Choulika is one of the founders of Cellectis and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellectis since the company’s inception in 1999. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cellectis since 2011. Since December 2014, Dr. Choulika has served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellectis, Inc. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Choulika worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was one of the inventors of nuclease-based genome editing technologies and a pioneer in the analysis and use of meganucleases to modify complex genomes. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), he completed a research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. His management training is from HEC (Challenge +).
Laurent Arthaud, Director
Laurent Arthaud has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017 and has served as a member of Cellectis’ board of directors since 2011. Mr. Arthaud has been the Managing Director of Life Sciences and Ecotechnologies for Bpifrance Investissement (formerly CDC Enterprises, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts) since 2012. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Kurma Life Sciences Partners, TxCell, Adocia and Sparinvision. From 2006 to 2016, he served on the board of directors of Emertee Gestion. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Arthaud held the position of Deputy CEO at CDC Entreprises. Since 2009 Mr. Arthaud has also directed InnoBio, an investment fund managed by Bpifrance Investissement as part of the FSI France Investissement program. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Vice President of Aventis Capital, an investment subsidiary of the pharmaceuticals group Aventis, and as President of Pharmavent Partners from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Arthaud is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale de Statistique et d’Administration Économique.
Philippe Dumont, Director
Philippe Dumont has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017. Mr. Dumont retired in December 2012 from Bayer CropScience, where he was employed since May 2002. At Bayer he held the position of Head of Technology Management, Seeds, and was responsible for supervising globally the Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Science functions, Stewardship, Public and Governmental Affairs and Communication impacting GMOs and seeds. Until 2006 Mr. Dumont also supervised the Legal and Intellectual Property functions in the seed business. Mr. Dumont also held the same responsibilities at Aventis Crop Science from December 1998 until April 2002. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Dumont was General Counsel of Rhône-Poulenc Agrochimie. Prior to moving to France in 1987, Philippe held positions as an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore (1975 – 1981), international legal counsel at Gulf Oil Corporation (1981-1983) and as solo practitioner in Washington D.C. from 1983 – 1986.
Philippe is retired from the New York and District of Columbia Bars and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1975) and Columbia University (BA, magna cum laude 1972). Since June 2013 he has been serving as a director of Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales, responsible for international relations, where he tries to promote public and governmental understanding of new breeding techniques and related regulatory issues.
Alain Godard, Director
Alain Godard has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017 and is a member of Cellectis’ board of directors since 2007. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse and began his agronomy career in 1967 in Africa as a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour les Huiles et Oléagineux. He joined in 1975 the French chemical group Rhône-Poulenc where he held various management positions in France and abroad before becoming CEO of the agrochemical subsidiary in 1991. In 1999 he was directly involved in the merger of Rhône-Poulenc and Hoechst to create Aventis and was appointed CEO of the Aventis CropScience subsidiary with a significant involvement in seeds and agricultural biotechnology. He left Aventis in 2002 to create a consulting company, SARL Godard & Co., specialized in agriculture and biotechnology, where he has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2009. Until 2016, Mr. Godard also served on the board of directors of Fermentalg S.A.
Anna Ewa Kozicz-Stankiewicz, Director
Anna Ewa Kozicz-Stankiewicz has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017. Mrs. Kozicz received a BA in Math and Economics from Columbia College and her MBA from Columbia Business School. She started her career in investment banking in 1996 at Credit Suisse First Boston in its Financial Institutions Group before moving to Goldman Sachs in 2000 where she held multiple positions, including Managing Director, and spent most of her time in the Principal Strategies Group with a focus investing in on the global agricultural sector. During her time at Goldman Sachs, she served as a director on the board of a New York-based federal credit union (PSFCU). She moved to Caxton Associates in 2009 to work as an equity Portfolio Manager before moving to BlackRock in 2012 where she held management roles as Head of US Strategy and Corporate Development as well as investing roles as Portfolio Manager of a private assets portfolio for ABR Re, a Bermuda based reinsurance company which Mrs. Kozicz helped to set up on behalf of BlackRock. In 2017, Mrs. Kozicz left BlackRock and partnered with Cowen Investment Management to create a new investment fund focused on sustainability in agriculture, energy and transportation services.
Yves Ribeill, Director
Dr. Yves Joseph Ribeill, Ph.D. Founded Scynexis, Inc (NASDAQ: SCYX) and served as its President from November 1999 to July 2015 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 1999 to April 1, 2015. Prior to organizing Scynexis, Inc. in 2000, Dr. Ribeill served various positions during the 25 years of his international career with Rhone-Poulenc, Aventis including Discovery Chemistry Group leader for Anti-Viral Research and later in the Central Nervous System Group in France. He served as Group Leader in the Cardiovascular Group in England. Upon his return to France, Dr. Ribeill served as Director of Chemistry for the Anti-Infective Group. He was involved in all phases of the drug discovery and development effort that resulted in the FDA approval of multiple drugs. He has been a Director of various Biotech companies in Europe and the US. He served as a Director of Scynexis, Inc. from November 1999 to March 16, 2016. He is the author of more than 26 publications and 15 patents. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization and of the Medicine Malaria Venture in Geneva. Dr. Ribeill has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier (France).