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Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc (RTTR.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ira Ritter

68 2014 Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Strategic Officer

Michael Step

57 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jeffrey Benjamin

52 2017 Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance

Andrew Ritter

34 2014 President, Founder, Director

Noah Doyle

49 Independent Director

Matthew Foehr

44 2015 Independent Director

Paul Maier

69 2015 Independent Director

William Merino

74 2017 Independent Director

Gerald Proehl

58 2015 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Ira Ritter

Mr. Ira E. Ritter is Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Strategic Officer of the Company. He served as Co-Founder, Chief Strategic Officer and Executive Chairman of the Company’s predecessor in interest from its inception in 2004 through the formation of the Company in 2008 and has served in those positions with the Company since 2008. Mr. Ritter has extensive experience creating and building diverse business enterprises and has provided corporate management, strategic planning and financial consulting for a wide range of market segments. Since 2010, Mr. Ritter has also acted as a managing partner of Stonehenge Partners. Mr. Ritter served as President and Vice Chairman of Quality King, Inc., a national wholesale distributor of healthcare products, from 1992 to 2000. From 1998 to 2001, he served as President and Chairman of Rockwood Investments Inc., a business he developed which produced private label health and beauty products for major national retailers, including GNC and K-Mart. He also served as Chairman of ON-TV, a division of Oak Industries, Inc., from 1982 to 1985, where he managed the television division initiating exclusive broadcasts of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York professional baseball, basketball, and hockey games. During this tenure, he produced the first televised home shopping program and directed development of the largest “pay-per-view” channel system for its time. Mr. Ritter served on the board of directors for Martin Lawrence Art Galleries from 1980 to 1985 helping take it public on The New York Stock Exchange. He has guest lectured at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and Pepperdin at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business where he also serves as an advisory board member to Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Social Entrepreneurship and Change Program. Presently he serves on the board of directors for Vitavis Laboratories.

Michael Step

Mr. Michael D. Step is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He has served as a director of the Company since 2012. Mr. Step has over 20 years of business development and corporate development experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining the Company as its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Step served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Santarus, Inc. (“Santarus”), and a member of its executive committee, from 2005 to January 2014, when Santarus was sold to Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. At Santarus, Mr. Step was responsible for corporate development activities. Prior to joining Santarus, he served as Vice President, Corporate Development for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Amylin”), from 2000 to 2005. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading corporate development activities, including product licensing, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions evaluations. Before joining Amylin, Mr. Step served as Senior Director, Business Development at Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Dura Pharmaceuticals”), from 1997 to 2000. In this position, his duties included licensing of marketed pharmaceutical products. Prior to joining Dura Pharmaceuticals, he served in corporate development and strategic planning at Hoffmann-La Roche, from 1996 to 1997, and held various sales and management roles at Roche Labs, from 1994 to 1996, and Syntex Labs, from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Step holds a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Jeffrey Benjamin

Mr. Jeffrey Benjamin has been appointed as Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President - Finance of the Company effective on or about October 31, 2017. He is currently serves as Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Benjamin previously served as Interim Corporate Controller for Unified Grocers (acquired by Supervalu Inc. in June 2017) since February 2017. Prior to that he served as a principal consultant for Tatum Consulting from January 2015 to January 2017, Chief Financial Officer of Communications Infrastructure Corporation from March 2013 to January 2015, and Corporate Controller of Liaison Technologies, Inc. from April 2012 to March 2013.

Andrew Ritter

Mr. Andrew J. Ritter is Founder, President, Director of the Company. He co-founded the predecessor in interest to the Company in March 2004 and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of that predecessor until the Company’s formation in 2008. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its formation, until relinquishing the role of Chief Executive Officer to Mr. Step in October 2014. Mr. Ritter has been actively studying the field of lactose intolerance for over 15 years and currently holds six patents and over fifteen pending international patent applications. In addition, he has co-published articles in Nutrition Journal, Gastroenterology and Food Technology. He has also given presentations at major healthcare and medical conferences such as Digestive Disease Week, among others, and has been a guest lecturer of entrepreneurship at various graduate and undergraduate schools throughout Los Angeles including: University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Business and Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. Since 2010, Mr. Ritter has also acted as a managing partner of Stonehenge Partners, a private investment fund, which provides working capital and executive leadership to a variety of businesses and industries including: real estate, technology, biotechnology, entertainment and service businesses. Mr. Ritter served as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families from 2000 to 2002. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business from the University of Southern California and was a member of the 2002 Pac-10 Championship baseball team. He graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Education on Influence and Negotiation Strategies. Mr. Ritter received a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business in May 2016.

Noah Doyle

Mr. Noah J. Doyle is Independent Director of the Company. He has been an entrepreneur and investor for over 20 years. Mr. Doyle is the managing director of Javelin GP, LLC, the general partner of Javelin GP, LP, which is the general partner of Javelin and the manager of Javelin SPV. Prior to forming the first Javelin entities in 2008, Mr. Doyle supported over a dozen start-ups as an angel investor, including Keyhole, Inc. (“Keyhole”) (acquired by Google Inc. in 2004), Cantametrix, Inc. (acquired by Gracenote, Inc. in 2002), Amae Software (acquired by Verint Systems, Inc. in 2006), Nuvon, Inc., Aquea Scientific Corporation, Emdigo Inc., Magnacash Inc. (acquired by Yaga, Inc. in 2001), and i-mint India. Mr. Doyle most recently directed the enterprise product line for Google’s geospatial products, Google Earth and Google Maps, from 2004 to 2007. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the Sales and Corporate Development functions at Keyhole, which created the first Web hosted digital earth model. Prior to Keyhole, Mr. Doyle helped establish the Internet loyalty rewards marketplace as a co-founder of MyPoints.com (“MyPoints”), the largest Internet loyalty program with over 6 million active members, where he led product management and business development functions from the company’s inception in 1996 through its initial public offering and subsequent acquisition by United Airlines in 2002. Mr. Doyle served on the board of directors of MOL Global, Inc. from July 2014 to February 2016. Mr. Doyle holds M.B.A. and B.A. Economics degrees, as well as certificates in Management of Technology and Global Management from University of California?—?Berkeley.

Matthew Foehr

Mr. Matthew W. Foehr is Independent Director of the Company. He currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. Prior to joining Ligand in 2011, Mr. Foehr was Vice President and Head of Consumer Dermatology R&D, as well as Acting Chief Scientific Officer of Dermatology, in the Stiefel division of GlaxoSmithKline, or GSK. Following GSK's acquisition of Stiefel in 2009, Mr. Foehr led the R&D integration of Stiefel into GSK. At Stiefel Laboratories, Inc., Mr. Foehr served as Senior Vice President of Global R&D Operations, Senior Vice President of Product Development & Support, and Vice President of Global Supply Chain Technical Services. Prior to Stiefel, Mr. Foehr held various executive roles at Connetics Corporation including Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Vice President of Manufacturing. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors of Viking Therapeutics Inc. Mr. Foehr is the author of multiple scientific publications and is a named inventor on numerous U.S. patents. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Santa Clara University.

Paul Maier

Mr. Paul V. Maier is Independent Director of the Company. From November 2009 through June 2014, Mr. Maier served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sequenom Inc., a publicly held company serving the discovery, clinical research, and diagnostics market. From February 2007 until November 2009, he served as an independent financial consultant. Previously, Mr. Maier was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ligand from 1992 through 2007. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Maier served as Vice President, Finance of DFS West, a division of DFS Group LP, a private multinational retailer. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Maier was employed by ICN Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology research products company, where he held various executive positions in finance and general management in ICN as well as SPI Pharmaceuticals, a publicly held subsidiary. Mr. Maier currently serves on the board of directors of International Stem Cell Corporation, Apricus Biosciences, MabVax Therapeutics, and Biological Dynamics. Mr. Maier received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.

William Merino

Dr. William M. Merino, Ph.D. serves as Independent Director of the Company. He served as the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs for Warner Lambert Pharmaceuticals from 1987 to 2000, where he was a member of the Office of the Chairman and responsible for the registration and approval of pharmaceuticals products with regulatory agencies around the world. He was also responsible for quality assurance, quality control and drug safety for the company, and led efforts to gain expedited registration of Lipitor in the United States and abroad in 20 other countries. He also has previous experience leading international regulatory affairs at Alcon Pharmaceuticals, G.D. Searle & Co., and Riker Laboratories. Dr. Merino has served as a senior clinical and regulatory advisory to the Company. Dr. Merino received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Purdue University.

Gerald Proehl

Mr. Gerald T. Proehl is Independent Director of the Company. He is President, Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Director of Dermata Therapeutics, LLC, a private biopharmaceutical company. From January 2002 to January 2014, he was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Santarus, Inc. (“Santarus”), a company that he helped to found in 1999 and sold to Salix Pharmaceuticals in January 2014 for $2.6 billion. From March 2000 through December 2001, Mr. Proehl was President and Chief Operating Officer of Santarus, and from April 1999 to March 2000, Mr. Proehl was Vice President, Marketing and Business Development of Santarus. Prior to joining Santarus, Mr. Proehl was with Hoechst Marion Roussel, Inc. (“Hoechst”), a global pharmaceutical company, for 14 years, where he served in various capacities, including Vice President of Global Marketing. During his career at Hoechst he worked across numerous therapeutic areas, including CNS, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal. Mr. Proehl currently serves on the board of directors of two other public company boards, Sophiris Bio Inc. and Tenax Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Proehl also serves on a number of private company boards including Kinetek Sports, Patara Pharma LLC, MDRejuvena, Inc. and Dermata Therapeutics, LLC. He also served on the board of directors of Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from January 2014 to May 2015. Mr. Proehl holds a B.S. in education from the State University of New York at Cortland, an M.A. in exercise physiology from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst College.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Ira Ritter

896,297

Michael Step

502,549

Jeffrey Benjamin

--

Andrew Ritter

931,584

Noah Doyle

--

Matthew Foehr

--

Paul Maier

--

William Merino

--

Gerald Proehl

--
As Of  31 Dec 2016