Emergent BioSolutions Announces Fuad El-Hibri to Retire as CEO, Remain as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Focused on Corporate Strategy and M&A Opportunities

Published: Dec 22, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE: EBS) announced today that Fuad El-Hibri will retire as CEO effective April 1, 2012. Mr. El-Hibri will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and will focus on corporate strategy as well as merger and acquisition opportunities for the Company. Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, currently President and Chief Operating Officer since 2008, will become President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2012.

Mr. El-Hibri has been Chairman and CEO of Emergent since the Company’s founding in 1998. Under his leadership, Emergent has grown into a $600 million biopharmaceutical company with a marketed product generating significant annual cash flow, two value creating businesses focused on three prominent disease areas, eight clinical stage product development programs, and a nine year track record of financial performance.

Commenting on this transition, El-Hibri said, “I am proud of the many achievements Emergent has made over the last 13 years. I believe that it is time for the Company to continue to grow under the leadership of Dan Abdun-Nabi. Dan will assume the role of CEO effective April 1, 2012, as well as continue in his role as President. Dan and I have worked closely together for six years, in which time he has proven to be an accomplished leader with an extraordinary capacity to act both decisively and strategically in the Company’s best interests. As Chief Operating Officer, Dan has gained an extensive and thorough knowledge of all aspects of the Company’s operations, making him uniquely qualified to take on this role. The Board of Directors and I have every confidence in his ability to continue to drive the Company’s growth.”

Mr. Abdun-Nabi said, “Fuad has been a valuable and effective leader of this organization and a good friend to me, and we are all pleased he will continue to contribute as the Executive Chairman. I look forward to leading Emergent BioSolutions as we continue to strengthen our core business, advance our pipeline, build shareholder value, and fulfill our mission – to protect life.”

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions protects and enhances life by developing and manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics that are supplied to healthcare providers and purchasers for use in preventing and treating disease. Emergent’s marketed and investigational products target infectious diseases, oncology and autoimmune disorders. Additional information about the Company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

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