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December 17, 2021 BIZ PEOPLE 

Biohaven names new board chairman, CFO

PHOTO | Andrew Venditti Biohaven CEO Vlad Coric

Biohaven Pharmaceuticals’ board of directors recently elected CEO Vlad Coric to the role of board chairman, following the retirement of Declan Doogan.

Meanwhile, Matthew Buten will be the company’s new chief financial officer as of Dec. 20. He is replacing James Engelhart, who is retiring. 

Buten is a former managing director of Foresite Capital with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare investing as well as 15 plus years as an advisor in investment banking.

“We are excited to welcome Matt to our executive leadership team as CFO as he brings deep expertise in healthcare investment banking, venture capital, corporate strategy and private equity to Biohaven,” Coric said.

Doogan and Engelhart will continue to advise the company after their retirements to ensure a smooth transition. 

Also, current Director Michael Heffernan has been appointed lead independent director.


Fairfield U. names new finance, administration executive

JoAnne P. Williams will be joining Fairfield University as its new senior vice president for finance and administration. 

Williams will start Feb. 14, and she will be responsible for planning, development and management of the university’s financial, physical and technological resources, and auxiliary services.

A native of Costa Rica, Williams has lived and worked around the world, including in Central America and Europe, as well as in the United States.

Williams has held multiple applied engineering, software development and finance and administrative roles for Citgo, General Motors, Unigraphics Solutions and other firms prior to working in higher education. 

She recently had interim vice president positions at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

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