Mr. Papa has served on the Board since May 2016 as chairman and chief executive. He has more than 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and specialty pharmaceutical industries. He was CEO of Perrigo Company since 2006 and was appointed chairman in 2007. Prior to Perrigo, Papa served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health’s Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services business unit (2004 – 2006). He was president and chief operating officer for Watson Pharmaceuticals (2001 – 2004), president of Global Country Operations for Pharmacia’s North American business (2000-2001) and president of Searle’s U.S. Operations (1997-2000). Prior to Searle/Pharmacia, Papa served in a variety of positions during his 15-year career at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (1983-1997).
Papa holds a BS in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy.