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Valeant nominates three new directors

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Staff writer | Laval, QC, Canada |
Valeant PharmaApril 29, 2016, Laval, QC, Canada - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced the nominees for three additional independent directors: Argeris N. Karabelas, Russel C. Robertson and Amy B. Wechsler.
Since December 2001, Dr. Karabelas has been a Partner at Care Capital. Prior to his work at Care Capital, from July 2000 to September 2001, he was the founder and Chairman at Novartis BioVenture Fund.

Dr. Karabelas served as Head of Healthcare and CEO of Worldwide Pharmaceuticals for Novartis Pharma AG from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining Novartis, he was Executive Vice President of SmithKline Beecham responsible for U.S. and European operations, regulatory and strategic marketing.

Dr. Karabelas has served on numerous boards of directors of pharmaceutical and therapeutics companies, including Renovo, plc, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., NitroMed, Inc. and SkyePharma, plc. Since May 2015 has served as a member of the board of REGENEXBIO Inc.

Dr. Karabelas has served as a director of Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation since July 2012 and is currently the Chairperson of the Board; however, his term as director expires in June 2016 and he is not standing for re-election. He also served as a member of the boards of directors of SkyePharma, plc from May 2001 to May 2009 and Human Genome Sciences from 2003 to 2013.

Mr. Robertson has served as Executive Vice President and Head, Anti-Money Laundering, at BMO Financial Group since July 2013. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President, Business Integration, at BMO Financial Group, and as Vice Chair at BMO Financial Corp. since March 2011.

Mr. Robertson joined BMO as interim Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group in March 2008 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group in August 2009. Before joining BMO, he spent over 35 years as a Chartered Accountant.

In this capacity, Mr. Robertson held various senior positions with a number of major accounting firms, including holding the positions of Vice Chair, Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto, Canada, from 2002 to 2008, and Canadian Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP, from 1994 to 2002.

Mr. Robertson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Since June 2012, Mr. Robertson has served on the board of Turquoise Hill Resources and Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Dr. Wechsler has been a practicing dermatologist in New York City since 2005. She is the author of The Mind-Beauty Connection, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. She is board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry and is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

As an expert on skin health, Dr. Wechsler serves as an advisor for Chanel Skin Care and is also a certified Allergan Injection Trainer and KOL Speaker, qualified to teach physicians and other medical professionals in the use of products such as Botox, Juvederm, and Voluma.

Dr. Wechsler is an active member of several medical professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology; the American Psychiatric Association; the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; the Independent Doctors of New York; The Physicians Scientific Society; and The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Wechsler completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Payne Whitney Clinic. She also completed a residency in dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.


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