in the defense industry to the Board of Directors, which positions him well to provide oversight for our Company in a highly regulated industry and to provide guidance in government relations, particularly with the Department of Defense and other government agencies.
Phillip L. Gomez began serving as Chief Executive Officer on October 13, 2016 and was appointed as a director on December 6, 2016. Prior to joining SIGA, Dr. Gomez was a Principal in the Pharma & Life Sciences Management Consulting Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) from 2011 until 2016. At PwC, and at PRTM Management Consultants (“PRTM”), where he was a Director from 2007-2011 prior its acquisition by PwC, Dr. Gomez led the team that focused on the development and execution of business strategies for leading pharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, academic medical centers, and foundations with respect to product development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. Dr. Gomez joined PRTM from the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, where he worked from 2001 – 2007 and established the Vaccine Production Program, which manufactured vaccines for clinical trials against HIV, SARS, Ebola, West Nile Virus and Influenza. Prior to NIH, Dr. Gomez spent more than nine years in the pharmaceutical industry at Abbott Laboratories, Sanofi Pasteur, and Baxter Healthcare Corporation in positions of increasing responsibility, leading process/product development initiatives and project teams for the development of multiple biologic products. Dr. Gomez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Dr. Gomez’s long career in various management and consulting positions within industry and government, as well as Dr. Gomez’s position as chief executive officer of SIGA, provides the Board of Directors with valuable leadership and insight into many aspects of our business.
Julie M. Kane has served as a director of SIGA since May 2019. Ms. Kane is the former Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Deputy General Counsel with PG&E Corporation (2015-2020). Prior to joining PG&E Corporation in 2015, Ms. Kane worked at Avon Products, Incorporated as Vice President and General Counsel of Avon North America and Corporate Legal Functions. Prior to joining Avon in 2013, Ms. Kane held a number of senior roles with Novartis Corporation and its affiliates over a 25-year period. Ms. Kane is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California. Ms. Kane holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Kane is a member of the California state bar. Ms. Kane’s decades of experience spanning several industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agribusiness, beauty, direct-selling and dual-fuel utilities, along with her experience in environmental, social and governance matters, provides our Board with valuable insight into many aspects of our business.
Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall, III has served as a director of SIGA since early 2009. Mr. Marshall is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Temple University Health System (2001-2008). In 2000, he became Chair of Temple University Health System and served in that capacity until 2007. Mr. Marshall returned as Chair of Temple Health in 2018. Prior to 2000, Mr. Marshall was a founding partner at Goldman & Marshall P.C., Philadelphia, PA, a corporate healthcare law firm. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees (1975 and 1979, respectively) from Temple University. In 1990, he joined the Temple University Board of Trustees. He was a founding member of the Temple University Health System Board of Directors in 1995. He served on the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission in the 1980s and early 1990s, including as Chairman for a portion of that period. During 2005-2006, he served as a Member of the Federal Medicaid Commission. Additionally, during 2004-2006, he served as a Member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Mr. Marshall is the lead independent director of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., and he is a director of Maxim Healthcare Services, a privately held company in Columbia, Maryland. Mr. Marshall has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and is a prominent and highly regarded figure in the healthcare and higher education sectors. His excellent leadership, visibility and expertise in healthcare are of considerable value to the Board of Directors.
Dr. Gary J. Nabel M.D., Ph.D. recently retired as Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development, and Head of the North American R&D Hub at Sanofi. In addition to serving as Senior Vice President for the company, Dr. Nabel also oversaw the Breakthrough Lab, which developed the first trispecific antibodies now in development for HIV as published in Science, as well as cancer immunotherapies and novel vaccines. The Chief Scientific Office sponsored external innovation awards, the Postdoctoral and Innovation Fellows Programs, and the Global Science Awards. An author of more than 450 scientific publications, Dr. Nabel joined Sanofi in 2012 from the National