Rhythm Pharmaceuticals Appoints Yann Mazabraud as Executive Vice President, Head of International
– Company announces organizational changes designed to accelerate global strategy –
BOSTON, Sept. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RYTM), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company aimed at developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of rare genetic disorders of obesity, today appointed Yann Mazabraud as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Head of International, effective October 5, 2020. As a member of the Company’s management team, Mr. Mazabraud will lead Rhythm’s international operations.
“Rhythm is building a global, integrated organization to advance setmelanotide, potentially the first approved therapy to treat individuals living with severe obesity and hyperphagia associated with rare genetic disorders of obesity,” said David Meeker, M.D., Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rhythm. “Yann’s appointment to this newly-created role reflects our commitment to delivering setmelanotide to individuals worldwide, and we are thrilled to have him join our team as we accelerate our strategic focus globally. Yann brings more than two decades of experience leading rare diseases commercial strategy, marketing and market access, which will prove invaluable as we continue fostering a community of health care providers, patients and families.”
With more than 20 years in the biopharmaceutical industry leading global commercial and operations teams, Mr. Mazabraud joins Rhythm from Trevi Therapeutics, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International for the last two years. Prior to that, he held several leadership positions at Sanofi Genzyme, including, Head of Latin America, U.S. General Manager and North America Head, Rare Diseases. He also served as a member of the Sanofi Genzyme Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Mazabraud holds a master’s degree in management from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de La Rochelle.
“I am very excited to join Rhythm at this important moment for the company,” said Mr. Mazabraud. “With compelling clinical data for setmelanotide in a range of rare genetic disorders of obesity, and advanced trials ongoing in additional indications, now is the time to expand and accelerate plans to deliver setmelanotide globally. I look forward to working with the Rhythm team toward the goal of transforming the care of people living with rare genetic disorders of obesity.”
In conjunction with this change, Rhythm announced that Nithya Desikan, its Chief Commercial Officer, is leaving the Company to explore other opportunities. Rhythm is conducting a search for a Head of North American Operations, who will serve alongside Mr. Mazabraud. Both roles will report to Dr. Meeker.
Dr. Meeker commented, “We are deeply grateful to Nithya for her many contributions to Rhythm. Under her leadership, Rhythm has grown tremendously and developed strong relatioships with health care providers, advocacy groups and families, and upheld a commitment to listening to the patient community to help bolster both individual and collective understandings of rare genetic disorders of obesity. She has built the foundation of a robust, scalable commercial organization to support the potential launch of setmelanotide, and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
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