Board of Directors
James N. Wilson
Chairman of the Board
James N. Wilson has served as a director and as Chairman of our Board since 1999. From 2005 to 2018, he was also a member of the board of directors of NuGEN Technologies, Inc., a provider of systems for genomic analysis. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as the lead independent director of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, and from 1996 to 2001, he was Chairman of the board of directors of Amira Medical, Inc., which was acquired by Hoffmann-La Roche A.G. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Wilson was Chief Operating Officer of Syntex Corporation, which was acquired by Roche Holding, Ltd. From 1989 to 1990, Mr. Wilson was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neurex Corporation, which was acquired by Elan Corporation plc. From 1982 to 1988, he was Chief Executive Officer of LifeScan, Inc., which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson Company. Mr. Wilson received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.
Gregg Alton became a member of our Board in March 2020. Mr. Alton served as Chief Patient Officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc. until January 2020. Since joining Gilead in 1999, Mr. Alton held a number of positions at the company in which he gained experience in legal, medical affairs, policy and commercial matters, including Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel. Prior to joining Gilead, he was an attorney at the law firm of Cooley Godward, LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnerships and corporate finance transactions for healthcare and information technology companies. Mr. Alton has been a member of the board of directors of Enochian Biosciences Inc., a public biotechnology company, since January 2020 and Novavax, Inc., a public biotechnology company, since November 2020. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of several private companies, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Hepatitis Fund and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland. He serves on the U.S. government’s Presidents Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS and the advisory boards for UCSF Global Health Group and the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Science. Mr. Alton received a B.A. in legal studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford University.
G. Leonard Baker, Jr
G. Leonard Baker, Jr. has served as a member of our Board since 1999. Mr. Baker was a Managing Director of the General Partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm in Palo Alto, California from 1973 through 2020. Mr. Baker currently serves on the boards of directors of private companies and non-profits. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University
Joseph K. Belanoff, MD
Joseph K. Belanoff, M.D. is a co-founder of our company and has served as a member of our Board and our Chief Executive Officer since Corcept’s inception in 1999, and as our President since 2014. Dr. Belanoff is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University (School of Medicine), where he has held positions in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences since 1992. Dr. Belanoff received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Gillian M. Cannon
Gillian M. Cannon, Ph.D. became a member of our Board in November 2020. Dr. Cannon brings to Corcept more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where she has served in leadership roles at Merck and Co. Inc., UCB Inc. and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. In her 27-year career at Merck, Dr. Cannon held a variety of senior positions, including Global Vice President for Commercial Operations at Merck’s start-up biosimilar business, Merck BioVentures; Business Unit Head for Merck’s specialty products franchise, and Global Commercial Head of Merck’s neuroscience franchise. Most recently, Dr. Cannon was the President of U.S. Operations for UCB Inc. and is currently President of Alyvant, a healthcare company, since 2018 and Executive in Residence for Roivant Sciences, a healthcare company, since April 2020. Dr. Cannon received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and Ph.D. in Health Administration from Temple University. She currently serves on the Board of Affibody AB, a Swedish biotechnology company, and the Board of Edinburgh Innovations, the commercial arm of Edinburgh University.
David L. Mahoney
David L. Mahoney is a private investor who has served as a member of our Board since July 2004. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Mahoney served as co-Chief Executive Officer of McKesson HBOC, Inc., a healthcare supply management and information technology company, and as Chief Executive Officer of iMcKesson LLC, a healthcare management and connectivity company. He joined McKesson Corporation in 1990 as Vice President for Strategic Planning. Prior to joining McKesson, Mr. Mahoney was a principal with McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, where he worked from 1981 to 1990. Mr. Mahoney has served on the board of directors of Adamas Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, since 2011, including as Chairman, and chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Mahoney also served as a member of the Audit Committee of Symantec from 2003 to 2011 and as a member of the board of directors from 2003 to 2019. He also serves on the board of directors of several privately held organizations including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Mercy Corps and Mount Holyoke College and is a Trustee of the Schwab/Laudus Family of Funds. Mr. Mahoney received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Joshua M. Murray
Joshua M. Murray became a member of our Board in June 2021. He is currently Senior Vice President, Finance, Strategy and Investor Relations at Orca Bio, a privately held biotechnology company developing allogeneic cell therapies in blood, immune and genetic diseases. Prior to joining Orca, Mr. Murray spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division, where he advised a wide array of biotechnology and life sciences companies. He received an AB in History and Economics from Harvard College.
Kimberly Park has served as a member of our Board since September 2019. She was Global Vice President of Customer Strategy and Innovation at Merck & Co. from 2014 to 2018 and also held global and U.S. leadership roles at Merck from 1997 to 2005, including U.S. Vice President of Managed Care Marketing. From 2005 to 2014, Ms. Park served in senior leadership roles at Johnson and Johnson, including Founding Partner and Global Vice President of Janssen Healthcare Innovation from 2010 to 2014 and U.S. Vice President of Primary Care Sales and Marketing of Janssen Pharmaceuticals from 2005 to 2010. Prior to joining Merck, Ms. Park held U.S. and global commercial leadership positions at GlaxoSmithKline plc. Ms. Park has served on the board of directors of Besser Company, a manufacturer of equipment for the building materials industry, since 2018, and TechEtch, a precision manufacturing company that supplies medical device and aerospace industries, since January 2021. She also serves as a trustee for two private foundations and is a mentor for Philadelphia Alliance of Capital and Technology. Ms. Park received her B.A. in International Business from the University of Michigan.
Daniel N. Swisher, Jr
Daniel N. Swisher, Jr. has served as a member of our Board since June 2015. He has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals since January 2018. From 2003 to December 2017, he was Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. From 2005 to 2017, he was also its President. He joined Sunesis in 2001 and had previously served as the company’s chief business officer and chief financial officer. Prior to that, Mr. Swisher held a range of senior management roles, including Senior Vice president of Sales and Marketing at ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical and medical systems company, from 1992 to 2001. Mr. Swisher has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Cerus Corporation, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, since 2013. Mr. Swisher received his B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.