Mr. Villard is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a member of the Compensation and Human Resources Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee.
Mr. Villard has been the Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal
BioSciences, Inc., a biotechnology company that has developed
innovative cancer therapies using the immune system, since 1999. Mr. Villard was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peer Media Technologies, Inc., a public company Internet technology business, from February 2009 to December 2012, which changed its name from ARTISTdirect, Inc. in May 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Villard served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since March 2008 and as a Director since January 2005. In addition, since January 1982 to present, he has served as President and Director of Byzantine Productions, Inc., where he produced a number of feature films with major studios.
Previously, Mr. Villard was a Director at the investment banking firm Société Générale and affiliated entities, and he was a Managing Director at the investment banking firm Laidlaw & Co. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles chapter of the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest private venture capital groups in the United States. Mr. Villard received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from China International Medical University.
Mr. Villard is an advisor to Clinics On Demand, a telemedicine venture, AesculaTech, a biomedical device company, and Kangarootime, a SaaS company in the pre-school industry. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he serves on the Foreign Language Committee.