Sesen Bio names Thomas Cannell as CEO
Sesen Bio announced key leadership transitions as part of its evolution into a commercial-stage oncology company. Thomas Cannell, DVM has been appointed chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, bringing with him a wealth of leadership experience in building and overseeing strategic operations and global pharmaceutical commercialization for life science companies. Stephen Hurly left his employment with Sesen Bio effective August 7, 2018. Thomas Cannell most recently served as chief operating officer and president of global commercial products at Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., where he led the successful commercialization and profitability of Contrave(R). Prior to Orexigen, Dr. Cannell spent 27 years with Merck & Co., Inc., where he held senior leadership positions in global commercialization, consumer marketing, and sales operations and management for both development-stage programs and approved marketed products. While with Merck, he served as president of Merck Canada and head of marketing and strategy for Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Japan, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., where he was responsible for setting up a long-standing strategic process and plan, managed a multi-billion-dollar product portfolio and oversaw thousands of employees. In addition, he designed and successfully piloted an innovative, customer-centric commercial model for Merck's U.S. business. Dr. Cannell received his DVM degree from Washington State University.