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Sujal Shah – President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Shah has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2017. Previously, he served as our Chief Financial Officer since December of 2013. Prior to that he served as a consultant and acting Chief Financial Officer for us from June 2012 to December 2013. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Shah served as Director, Health Care Investment Banking for Citigroup Inc., where he was responsible for managing client relationships and executing strategic and financing related transactions for clients focused in life sciences. From 2004 to 2010 Mr. Shah was employed with Credit-Suisse, last serving in the capacity as Vice President, Health Care Investment Banking Group. Mr. Shah currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University. Mr. Shah received a M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Klara Dickinson – Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer

Ms. Dickinson has served as our Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer since January 2019. Previously she served as our Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance since June 2017. Prior to that she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory Officer of Anthera. From 2007 to 2014, she was Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at Hyperion Therapeutics Inc. Ms. Dickinson also spent three years at CoTherix, Inc. as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Healthcare Compliance Officer, and held various positions at biopharmaceutical companies Scios, Inc. and DEY Laboratories, a subsidiary of Mylan, Inc. Ms. Dickinson holds a B.S. in Biology from the College of Great Falls in Montana and is certified by the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board.

Charles McWherter, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. McWherter has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific officer since 2013. Previously he served as our Senior Vice President, Research and Preclinical Development since July 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Vice President and head of the cardiovascular therapeutics areas of Pfizer Inc. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. McWherter served as Vice President of Drug Discovery at Sugen, Inc., a subsidiary of Pharmacia acquired by Pfizer Inc. in 2003. Dr. McWherter obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Robert Martin, Ph.D. – Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Nonclinical Development

Dr. Martin has been Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Nonclinical Development since 2015. Previously, he served as our Vice President of Nonclinical Development and Project Management since 2008. Dr. Martin served as our Sr. Director of Preclinical Development and Project Management from 2006 to 2008 and our Director of Preclinical Development and Project Management from 2004 to 2006. From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Martin served in various positions of increasing responsibility with Roche Palo Alto, a division of F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. Dr. Martin obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.

Patrick O’Mara – Senior Vice President, Business Development

Mr. O’Mara has served as our Senior Vice President of Business Development since January 2017. Previously, he served as our Vice President of Business Development since August 2006. He joined CymaBay in 1991 and has served CymaBay in a variety of operational and business development positions. Prior to joining CymaBay, Mr. O’Mara held positionsof increasing responsibility at Thymax Corporation and Thomas Research Corp. Mr. O’Mara received a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Boehm – Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Boehm has served as our Senior Vice President, Human Resources since July 2020 and was previously Vice President, Human Resources since April 2019. Prior to CymaBay, Mr. Boehm served as the Senior Vice President, HR for Aimmune Therapeutics, helping to take them public in 2015. Prior to 2015, he also held SVP or VP Human Resource roles at public and life sciences and high technology companies such as Gilead Sciences, CV Therapeutics, Synopsys, and Palm. Mr. Boehm received a Ph.D.(ABD) from Golden Gate University, his MBA from Pepperdine University, as well as his B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA.

Becki Filice – Senior Vice President, Portfolio and Product Leadership

Ms. Filice joined the company in November 2020, and is serving as Senior Vice President, Portfolio and Product Leadership. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President, Portfolio and Product Management at Aimmune Therapeutics, where she was a key executive involved in the approval and launch of Palforzia™, an oral immunotherapy indicated for the mitigation of allergic reactions to peanut, and the subsequent merger of the company with Nestle Health Sciences. Prior to Aimmune, Ms. Filice served in senior roles at SFJ Pharmaceuticals and Achaogen. She also spent fifteen years in operational and strategic product development leadership roles at Genentech. Ms. Filice received her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from University of California at Davis, and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Dan Menold – Vice President, Finance

Mr. Menold has served as our Vice President, Finance since April 2017, and was previously Corporate Controller of CymaBay since January 2014. Prior to CymaBay, Mr. Menold served as Corporate Controller for technology firm Zoosk, Inc., and as Controller and Director of Accounting at Affymetrix. Prior to 2005, he also held accounting and finance positions of increasing responsibility at public and private life sciences and high technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Earlier in his career, Mr. Menold was at Ernst & Young where he was an audit manager for life sciences and high technology companies. Mr. Menold received a M.S. in accounting and B.S. in finance from The University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.

Paul Quinlan – General Counsel

Mr. Quinlan has served as our General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary since October 2020. He was also our General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from December 2017 to February 2020. Previously, Mr. Quinlan served as General Counsel and Secretary at TerraVia Holdings, Inc. (formerly Solazyme, Inc.) since 2010. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Quinlan was General Counsel and Secretary at Metabolex, Inc. and from 2000 to 2005, Mr. Quinlan held various positions in the legal department at Maxygen, Inc., most recently that of Chief Corporate Securities Counsel. Prior to joining Maxygen, Mr. Quinlan was an associate at Cooley LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Mr. Quinlan obtained a law degree from Columbia Law School and a M.Sc. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto.