Chief Executive Officer
Justin Gover has served as Chief Executive Officer of GW Pharmaceuticals plc since January 1999, shortly after the company was founded. He has 21 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Gover has been the lead executive responsible for the running of the company’s operations, leading equity financings and business development activities. He raised initial rounds of private capital, following which led the company’s initial public offering on the AIM stock exchange in London in 2001, and more recently led GW’s initial public offering on Nasdaq in 2013. In total, he has led equity financing rounds which have raised approximately $900 million.
In 2015, Mr. Gover relocated to the US to open the company’s US headquarters in California.
Prior to joining GW, Mr. Gover was Head of Corporate Affairs at Ethical Holdings plc, a UK-based Nasdaq listed company, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic corporate activities, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, equity financings, and investor relations.
Mr. Gover holds an MBA. from the INSEAD business school in France and a BSc (Hons) from Bristol University.
U.S. Chief Commercial Officer
Darren Cline serves as U.S. Chief Commercial Officer since his appointment in April, 2019. Mr. Cline is a highly experienced U.S. commercial leader and senior executive with a background specializing in rare disease.
He has over 25 years of commercial experience, and was previously Executive Vice President, Commercial and a member of the Executive Committee at Seattle Genetics, where he oversaw all marketing, sales, and managed markets functions. He was directly involved in the commercial build out for the U.S. launch of Adcetris. Mr. Cline was instrumental in driving Adcetris’ continued revenue growth to over $475 million in 2018. Prior to Seattle Genetics, Mr. Cline was at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, where he was a key member of the initial commercial leadership team that prepared the company for the Soliris launch, helping to build out key sales functions that were instrumental in Soliris becoming a billion-dollar brand. Mr. Cline also held commercial leadership positions at Intermune and Amgen.
Mr. Cline received his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Giacobello brings 25 years of finance and operational experience to GW Pharmaceuticals plc. He is an accomplished executive who most recently, and until its acquisition by Allergan, Inc. in late 2016, served as Chief Financial Officer for Chase Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of improved treatments for neurodegenerative disorders.
From 2008 through 2015, Mr. Giacobello held senior level finance positions at Allergan, Inc., most recently serving as Vice President of Finance for Global Research & Development. While at Allergan, he also served as Vice President of Corporate Finance and Vice President of Internal Audit & Compliance.
Scott’s previous experience includes financial positions at the Black & Decker Corporation and Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Giacobello holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. Volker Knappertz
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Volker Knappertz has served as our Chief Medical Officer since May 2017. Dr. Knappertz has over 25 years of clinical trial experience and 17 years of pharmaceutical drug development experience, holding leadership positions with responsibilities for managing international clinical trial and medical affairs programs.
Most recently, as the Vice President of clinical development for multiple sclerosis, oncology, and biosimilar products at Teva Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Knappertz oversaw multiple regulatory submissions and approvals in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Prior to joining Teva in 2012, Dr. Knappertz served in clinical and medical roles Central Nervous System, Cardiovascular, and biologics at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca.
Dr. Knappertz is a US Board certified neurologist who received his residency training at Yale University, New Haven, CT, where he served as chief resident and was fellowship trained at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. He received his clinical scientist training and MD as well as a doctorate degree in research on glioblastoma from the University at Cologne in Germany.
Chief Legal Officer
Douglas Snyder has served as GW Pharmaceuticals plc's Chief Legal Officer since July 2017. He brings more than 20 years of experience providing counsel in the pharmaceutical industry, at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and in private practice.
Prior to joining GW, Doug led the legal and compliance teams as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Actelion US. Prior to that, Doug held the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary at Eisai Inc., where he led the Legal, Compliance, Legislative Affairs, Internal Audit and Security Group.
From 1999-2005, Doug was Vice President, Associate General Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline. During his tenure at GSK, Doug managed the legal and communications strategies related to some of the company’s most high profile matters concerning the New York Attorney General, the US Department of Justice, and the FDA.
Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Doug held the role of Associate General Counsel for the FDA, where he counseled the Commissioner, appeared before Congress in key initiatives, and led the initial False Claims/Kickback cases against the pharmaceutical industry.