MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VIVUS, Inc. (Nasdaq:VVUS) today announced the appointment of Robert N. Wilson, chairman of Mevion Medical Systems and former vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson, to its Board of Directors effective April 26, 2013. Mr. Wilson served in several roles at Johnson & Johnson, including the Executive Committee from 1983 through 2003 and vice chairman of the Board of Directors from 1988 through 2003. Mr. Wilson played a key role in the rapid growth of the pharmaceutical, device and diagnostic businesses within Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Wilson was also chairman of Caxton Health Holdings from 2004 through 2007, focusing on pharmaceutical and health technology investments. "We are pleased to welcome a new, independent director of Bob's caliber to the VIVUS Board of Directors," said Mark B. Logan, chairman of the Board of Directors of VIVUS. "Bob is a highly qualified and experienced professional with proven leadership in the healthcare industry and invaluable expertise in pharmaceutical development, brand building and operations. We look forward to adding his unique perspective as we continue to successfully execute our commercialization strategy for Qsymia for the benefit of all VIVUS stockholders." Mr. Wilson is also a director of Hess Corporation, an explorer and producer of oil and gas, the Charles Schwab Corporation, a financial services company, and Synta Pharmaceuticals, a research-based pharmaceutical company with a focus in cancer therapies. "I am excited to join the Board of VIVUS, a company with significant opportunities to fully commercialize its wholly-owned, next-generation therapies that address unmet needs of physicians and their patients," said Mr. Wilson. "I look forward to sharing my experience and working closely with my fellow VIVUS directors, each of whom is a proven and respected business leader, to help enhance the value of the company."