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Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation - Executive Committee Bios


Ileana Carlisle

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Chief Executive Officer

Ileana Carlisle’s career in the plasma products and biologics industry spans over 30 years.

Prior to her recent promotion to CEO, Ms. Carlisle served in the role of Vice President of Plasma Operations since Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation began in 2007. Warehouse, distribution and logistics operations for the company were added to Ms. Carlisle's scope in 2014. In late 2015, Ms. Carlisle was given additional responsibilities for BPC's regulatory functions.

Prior to Biotest, Ms. Carlisle worked for Nabi Biopharmaceuticals in diverse roles of increasing leadership responsibility which included plasma and laboratory operations, quality, sales and customer service, distribution and product management.

Ms. Carlisle attended Florida International University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s degree in international business.

Shailesh Chavan, M.D


Vice President, Clinical Research, Drug Safety and Medical Affairs

Dr. Shailesh Chavan brings more than 16 years of experience in the international life science industry. Dr. Chavan joined Biotest in 2008 as Senior Director, Clinical Research, Drug Safety and Medical Affairs.

Prior to joining Biotest, he held leadership roles at ClinTec International, Tengion, Cephalon and the University of Florida. Dr. Chavan's expertise spans drug and device development in multiple therapeutics areas including Immunology, Oncology, Transplantation, Neurology, Cardiology and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Chavan received his M.B.B.S degree from Seth G.S Medical College, India followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, India.

Daniel Garcia


Vice President, Manufacturing and Technical Operations

Mr. Daniel Garcia joined BPC as Vice President of Manufacturing and Technical Operations. Mr. Garcia brings to BPC, significant depth in human plasma fractionation processes, combined with breadth of technical expertise and leadership across multiple manufacturing, process development and engineering functions.

Mr Garcia career spans more than 30 years in the manufacture of blood derivatives, vaccines and diagnostic products. Early in his career, Mr. Garcia joined Baxter's manufacturing division gaining extensive manufacturing experience in producing human albumin, IGIV and antihemphilic factor VIII as well as monoclonal and recombinant products. His most recent accomplishment were as head of manufacturing at Emergent Biosolution, Inc. engaging in the production of an Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (Biothrax) under contract with the U.S Department of Defense, the start-up of a large scale cGMP-compliant FDA, WHO and EMEA-accredited blood fractional plant in Shanghai, China as Chief Operating Officer of a diagnostic products manufacturing firm.

Mr. Garcia has a M.S. in Microbiology from California State University Northridge and a B.A. in Biology from California State University in Los Angeles.

Olga Arnold

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Vice President, Finance and Supply Chain

Olga Arnold has over 25 years of accounting, finance and business operations experience in the banking, chemical and pharmaceuticals industries.

Ms. Arnold recently was appointed to Vice President, Finance for Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation after serving as Biotest Senior Director of Finance and Corporate Controller since 2007. Prior to joining Biotest, Ms. Arnold served in financial leadership roles with Nabi Biopharmaceuticals and Ivax Pharmaceuticals. 

Building upon Ms. Arnold's strengths in procurement and planning, BPC added the Supply Chain function to her role in 2014.

Ms. Arnold attended Florida International University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Robert Lefebvre


Head of Global Strategy and Business Development

Robert (Bob) Lefebvre began his pharmaceuticals career over 30 years ago as a medical representative in his native Canada. Since that time, Mr. Lefebvre has gained a wide range of international experience through roles of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, sales management, business development, medical affairs, government affairs and commercial operations in the international biopharmaceuticals industry with a number of different companies such as Sandoz (now Novartis), Bristol-Myers Squibb and CSL Behring. Prior to joining BPC as VP of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Lefebvre was Kedrion Biopharmaceuticals' Vice President of Commercial Operations for Europe, Middle East/Asia and Russia/CIS and was located in Vienna, Austria.

Recently appointed as the head of Global Corporate Strategy and Business Development for the Biotest Group, Mr. Lefebvre is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the Biotest Group's mid- and long-term strategy across multiple company functions.                                        

Mr. Lefebvre is directly responsible for the Biotest Group's overall market research, business development, licensing and mergers and acquisition activities. Mr. Lefebvre has a bachelor's degree in human anatomy from McGill University.

Donna Quinn

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Vice President, Legal

Donna Quinn brings to the company over 25 years of legal expertise.

In addition to serving as General Counsel for Biotest Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Quinn also serves as Healthcare Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining BPC, Ms. Quinn served as Deputy General Counsel for Nabi Biopharmaceuticals and General Counsel for both ACA Financial and Imaging Diagnostic Systems.

She previously worked for the State of New York’s Specials Funds Conservation Committee as well as for various law firms as a litigation attorney.

Ms. Quinn received her bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Syracuse University and a juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Florida, New York, and Massachusetts.

Johann Vaz

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Vice President, Information Technology

Johann Vaz has over 20 years of information technology experience in the pharmaceutical, publishing and steel industries.

Mr. Vaz is Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for BPC. Prior to coming to Biotest in 2007, Mr. Vaz held senior-level management roles with such companies as Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, the Tribune Company and Inland Steel.

Mr. Vaz holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington University and a master’s degree in computer systems and software engineering from Grand Valley State University.

Debra Kezar-Woodbury

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Head of Sales, Customer Operations and Distribution

Debra Kezar-Woodbury brings over 25 years of plasma products and biologics knowledge to BPC in the areas of sales, customer service, marketing, management and distribution.

In 2016, Ms Woodbury was appointed Head of Sales, Customer Operation and Distribution after serving five years with Biotest, most recently as Director of Plasma Sales, Customer Operations and Distribution.

Ms. Woodbury holds a bachelor's degree in management and a master's degree from Plymouth State University in business administration with an emphasis in marketing

Ahmed Kaboudan

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Head of Plasma Operation

Ahmed Kaboudan has over 30 years' experience in Management and Business Operations with the last 25 years in the Plasma Industry.

Mr.Kaboudan started his pharmaceuticals career with Nabi Biopharmaceuticals and later transitioned to the BPC team in 2007. Over the years, Mr. Kaboudan has held various leadership roles within theorganization with increasing levels of responsibility in plasma center/regional operations, regulatory, customer operations, and product management and is currently responsible for plasma operations and growing our plasma collections business.

Mr. Kaboudan graduated with a bachelor's degree in personnel management/psychology from the University of Kansas and completed post graduate courses in business management at Washburn University.

Teresa O'Brien

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Head of Regulatory Affairs

Teresa O'Brien joined Biotest in November of 2015. She brings to the BPC team 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical business.

Ms. O'Brien serves as the company's top Regulatory executive. Ms. O'Brien started her career at CSL Behring where she held leadership positions in quality, manufacturing and regulatory affairs.

Ms. O'Brien obtained her bachelor of science degree in biology from Saint Mary's College.

Ben Foulk

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Vice President, Human Resources

Ben Foulk joined Biotest in May 2016. Prior to joining Biotest, Ben held HR leadership roles at Platform Specialty Products, a specialty chemical company; Boehringer Ingelheim, a privately-held pharmaceuticals company;and General Electric, where he began his career in 1996 on the GE HR leadership program.

In addition to his HR background, Ben brings with him a wealth of global experience having lived for a number of years in Italy, Japan and Germany.

Ben received both his Master of Organizational Behavior degree and a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Brigham Young University.