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Sujal Shah – Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Shah has served as our Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since April 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 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.

Pol Boudes, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Boudes joined CymaBay in April 2014 as our Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining CymaBay, Dr. Boudes was Chief Medical Officer at Amicus Therapeutics. From 2004 to 2009, Dr. Boudes was with Berlex Laboratories (which merged with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in 2006) where he held the position of Vice President, Global Clinical Development, Women's Health Care US. From 1990 to 2004, he held positions of increasing responsibility with Wyeth-Ayerst Research both in Philadelphia, PA and in Europe, with Hoffmann-La Roche, and with Pasteur-Merieux Serums & Vaccines. Dr. Boudes received his M.D. from the University of Aix-Marseilles, France. He completed his internship and residency in Marseilles and in Paris, France and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Paris. He is specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Geriatric diseases.

Robert L. 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.

Klara Dickinson – Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Ms. Dickinson has served as our Senior Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance since June 2017. Previously, 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 A. 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.

Patrick J. O’Mara – Senior Vice President, Business Development

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

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.