Mr. Carroll served in a number of top roles at Boehringer Ingelheim including Head, Global Strategy and Development and Managing Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. from 2003 through 2011. During his tenure, Mr. Carroll was instrumental in guiding the launch of Spiriva ® and Pradaxa ® in the U.S. In addition, he was involved in the diabetes market through BI's partnership with Eli Lilly and the launch of Tradjenta ®, a novel option for treating type 2 diabetes. Mr. Carroll played a major role in working with the BI board of managing directors to develop strategic approaches for a number of BI businesses, focusing mainly on pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Plutzky is Director of the Vascular Disease Prevention Program, which includes the Lipid/Prevention Clinic, in the Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a role he has held since 1996. He is internationally recognized as an expert in both the basic science and clinical issues related to lipid disorders and cardiometabolic disease. Dr. Plutzky is known particularly for his broad interdisciplinary background that spans endocrinology and cardiology, and for his extensive experience with biotechnology and pharmaceutical concerns, as well as regulatory affairs. He is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation and Ember Therapeutics, and he has also been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
We look forward to their contributions as we continue to execute critical steps in our commercialization strategy.
We also recently announced that Richard Fante, former president U.S., CEO North America and regional vice president Americas at AstraZeneca, has agreed to provide advisory services to the Company. Mr. Fante's vast experience and unique perspectives building several primary care products into market-leading brands will be extremely valuable as we seek to expand Qsymia's primary care presence.You should also be aware that a dissident stockholder, First Manhattan Co., has nominated six of its own hand-picked representatives to replace existing members of your Company's Board of Directors and effectively seize control of your Company. We strongly believe that a near-complete turnover of the Board at this time would significantly jeopardize the progress we are making toward our strategic objectives and is not in the best interest of stockholders. We intend to vigorously oppose First Manhattan's hostile solicitation and urge you to DISREGARD ALL WHITE PROXY CARDS SENT TO YOU BY FIRST MANHATTAN. We expect to communicate more fully about this in the near future. VIVUS HAS SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD VIVUS is at a critical juncture in its development. We believe in the value of our franchises and our ability to successfully commercialize Qsymia.