Brenton L. Saunders
Brent Saunders has served as a member of the ARS Board since May 2021. Mr. Saunders has served as the Executive Chairman of the board of directors of The Beauty Health Company (Nasdaq: SKIN) (formerly Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp.), a beauty health company, since July 2020. Mr. Saunders also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, from July 2020 to May 2021.
Until its acquisition by AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), Mr. Saunders served as Chairman (October 2016 to May 2020) and President and Chief Executive Officer (July 2014 to May 2020) of Allergan plc (formerly NYSE: AGN), a pharmaceutical company that focuses on medical aesthetics, eye care, central nervous system, and gastroenterology. Prior to that, Mr. Saunders served as Chief Executive Officer of Forest Laboratories Inc. (formerly NYSE: FRX), a pharmaceutical company focused on therapeutic areas of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems, a role he held until its merger with Actavis Plc (formerly NYSE: ACT), a global pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing, manufacturing and marketing branded pharmaceuticals, generic and over-the-counter medicines, and biologic products, in 2014.
Following the merger with Actavis, Mr. Saunders was named Chief Executive Officer of the combined business in 2015. From March 2010 until August 2013, Mr. Saunders served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, an eye health products company, until its acquisition by Valeant in 2013. Mr. Saunders currently serves as a director of Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), a global telecommunications company, and BridgeBio Pharma Inc. (Nasdaq: BBIO), a biopharmaceutical company. He is also a member of The Business Council. Mr. Saunders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Juris Doctor degree from the Temple University School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the Temple University School of Business.