BOSTON, Mar. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRX) announced today that Donald H. Hunter, an executive and technology consultant with over 25 years of public company experience, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Mr. Hunter qualifies as a financial expert under the SEC guidelines, and will serve on the Company's audit committee.
"Donald Hunter brings a wealth of experience in accounting and control, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, international operations, and strategic planning. We look forward to his contributions as a member of Columbia's Board of Directors," said Stephen G. Kasnet, Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Hunter is the Principal of Donald Hunter LLC, a consulting practice assisting investors and management to enhance the value of their companies. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Harbor Global Company Limited from 2000 until 2006. Prior to that, he was a senior executive with The Pioneer Group, Inc. for 12 years. Mr. Hunter began his career at the General Electric Company, where he was a member of the Company's Corporate Audit Staff and a graduate of its Financial Management Training Program.
Mr. Hunter is currently a director of the LGL Group and serves as its audit committee chairman. He previously served as chairman of the audit committee of the Pioneer First Polish Trust Fund, the first mutual fund in Poland, and as a Member of the Board of several foreign subsidiaries. He has an MBA with High Honors from Boston University.
The Company also announced that Edward A. Blechschmidt will not stand for re-election at the Company's upcoming annual meeting of stockholders in order to focus on his other activities. Mr. Blechschmidt has been a director of Columbia since August 2004 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.
"We are grateful to Ed for his long service on Columbia's Board, and his invaluable insight and guidance to the Company through its evolution and transformation to where we are today: a profitable company providing pharmaceutical development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. We wish Ed well in his future endeavors," Mr. Kasnet concluded.
About Columbia Laboratories
Columbia Laboratories, Inc. provides pharmaceutical development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services to the pharmaceutical industry. The Company has a successful heritage in pharmaceutical research and development, particularly in women's healthcare and drug delivery. Its most successful product to date, CRINONE® 8% (progesterone gel), is marketed by Actavis, Inc. in the U.S. and by Merck Serono S.A. in over 60 additional countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.columbialabs.com.
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CRINONE® is a registered trademark of Actavis, Inc. in the U.S. and of Merck Serono S.A. outside the U.S.
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