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Winningham to deliver this year’s commencement address

April 14, 2010, Amanda Weaver

${image-alt} Rick E. Winningham

SIU College of Business will honor Rick E. Winningham, Chief Executive Officer of Theravance, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company, with the 2010 Alumni Achievement Award. In addition, he will be delivering the commencement address during the College’s commencement ceremony on May 14.

Winningham graduated from the SIU College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in Finance in 1981.

When asked about his successes, receiving the award and delivering his address at commencement, Winningham replied, “While growing up in Arthur, Illinois, my family laid the foundation for my business career. My professors at SIU enabled me to build on that foundation. A passion for making a difference, my family, and the incredible people with whom I have worked...those have been the key components in whatever success I have enjoyed. I am humbled and honored to return to SIU to deliver the commencement address.”

Mr. Winningham joined Theravance in 2001 from Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), where he was President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology/Immunology/Oncology Therapeutics Network (OTN) and Global Marketing. In addition to operating responsibility for U.S. Oncology/Immunology/OTN, Mr. Winningham also had full responsibility for Global Marketing in the Cardiovascular, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Oncology/Metabolics and GU/GI/Neuroscience therapeutic areas. Over a fifteen-year period with Bristol Myers Squibb, Mr. Winningham held various U.S. and global management positions. In the mid-1990’s, Mr. Winningham had operating responsibility for Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceutical operations in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. During his tenure with BMS, he was associated with the development and commercialization of several major pharmaceutical products to treat cancer, HIV and central nervous system disorders.

In addition to his degree from SIUC, Mr. Winningham holds an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University. He is a retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a retired Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to attending Southern Illinois University, he graduated from Arthur High School in Arthur, Illinois. He and his wife, Gale, have four children ranging in age from nine to twenty-three years old and live near San Francisco, California. He is a member of the External Advisory Board for the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University and holds a seat on the Advisory Council for the Keck Graduate Institute of the Claremont Colleges.