Board of Directors

  • A.J. Kazimi

    Chairman
    Chairman

    Mr. Kazimi founded our company in 1999 and has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since inception. His career includes nearly 30 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. At Cumberland, he has overseen the development and FDA approval of the company’s Acetadote® and Caldolor® brands, while also leading the acquisition of the Company’s five other commercial products. He was responsible for Cumberland’s initial public offering and listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange. He also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of Cumberland Emerging Technologies. Prior to joining our company, he spent eleven years helping to build Therapeutic Antibodies Inc., an international biopharmaceutical company.

    As President and Chief Operating Officer, he made key contributions to that company’s growth from its start-up phase through its initial public offering and listing on the London stock exchange. Mr. Kazimi started his career at Brown-Forman Corporation, rising through a series of management positions and helping to launch several new products. Mr. Kazimi serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council, an association of the largest concentration of healthcare companies in the U.S., as well as the Gettysburg Foundation which works with the National Park Service to preserve the historic military park.

    Mr. Kazimi is also an Advisory Board member for the University of Notre Dame’s new School of Global Affairs and a member of the Visiting Committee at Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Business. He previously served on the Board of Aegis Sciences Corporation, a federally certified forensic toxicology laboratory. He holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. The Board believes that Mr. Kazimi brings strategic insight, leadership and a history of successful execution to the Company along with a wealth of experience in both the biopharmaceutical industry and the development of emerging companies.

    • Gordon R. Bernard, M.D.

      Director
      Director

      Dr. Bernard served as our Medical Director from 1999 until 2010 and currently serves as an advisor to the Company as Chair of our Medical Advisory Board. He has served on our Board of Directors since 2010. Dr. Bernard is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research at Vanderbilt University, and also the Melinda Owen Bass Professor of Medicine and former Chief of the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt. In addition, he is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences and Chairman of Vanderbilt’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, which is responsible for approving the Vanderbilt Medical Center Formulary of approved drugs and therapeutics. Dr. Bernard has been conducting national and international trials of pharmaceuticals since 1980 and he has been steering committee chair of the National Institutes of Health, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical Trials Network since its inception in 1994 through its conclusion in 2014. This network is the only federally supported ongoing system for the conduct of research in the hospital Intensive Care Unit, or ICU. He holds a B.S. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and an M.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Bernard maintains an active practice as an Intensivist in the Medical ICU at Vanderbilt and is therefore in a position to observe, first hand, the pharmaceutical management issues surrounding the care of a wide variety of the most severely ill patients and identify their unmet medical needs. The Board believes Dr. Bernard’s medical background is extremely valuable as the Company seeks to continue expanding its pipeline with promising products that offer advancement to patient care and are well-positioned competitively.

    • Martin E. Cearnal

      Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
      Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer

      Mr. Cearnal has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2004. In 2008, he joined our management team to head commercial development for Cumberland, currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians World, which became the largest provider of continuing medical education during his tenure from 1985 to 2000. Physicians World was acquired by Thomson Healthcare in 2000, and Mr. Cearnal served as President of Thomson Physicians World from 2000 to 2003 and Executive Vice President-Chief Strategy Officer for Thomson Medical Education from 2003 through 2005. He then became Executive Vice President-Chief Strategy Officer for Jobson Medical Information. Mr. Cearnal has over 50 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been involved with the launches of such noteworthy pharmaceutical products as Lipitor®, Actos®, Intron-A®, Straterra®, Botox® and Humira®. He spent 17 years at Revlon Healthcare in a variety of domestic and international pharmaceutical marketing roles culminating in his position as Vice President, Marketing for International Operations. He has a B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University. The Board believes Mr. Cearnal brings significant marketing-related knowledge to the Company, which has and will help facilitate successful product launches and marketing plans, among other contributions.

      • Jonathan I. Griggs

        Director
        Director

        Mr. Griggs has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. His career spans more than 41 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and includes significant international experience. He spent 23 years at Warner Lambert Corporation in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating with his position as Vice President of Human Resources. During his tenure with Warner Lambert, he provided leadership for the successful integration of three pharmaceutical businesses into what became Parke Davis, the largest consolidation in the industry at that time. From 1992 to present he has been the CEO of Griggs & Associates, a management and human resources consulting firm assisting start-up companies and providing critical assistance in turnaround situations. Mr. Griggs also provided the leadership and strategic management for the formation and establishment of the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) Museum, a leading transportation museum where he served as chairman and is currently a director. Mr. Griggs has his B.S. Degree from Penn State and attended the Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an advisor to Cumberland Pharmaceuticals as a member of the Company’s Pharmaceutical Advisory Board since it began operations in 1999. The Board believes Mr. Griggs’ experience in strategic management and human resources consulting will be critical as the Company continues to build a strong, effective management team.

      • Joey A. Jacobs

        Director
        Director

        Mr. Jacobs joined Cumberland’s Board of Directors in 2011 and is a member of the Nominating Committee. A healthcare veteran with more than 42 years of industry experience, Mr. Jacobs is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acadia Healthcare, a rapidly growing behavioral health company. Mr. Jacobs is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville-based Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI), which he co-founded in 1997 and grew into a $2 billion behavioral healthcare system before the company’s sale to Universal Health Services in 2010. Prior to founding PSI, Mr. Jacobs spent 21 years at Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA, where he served in various capacities, including President of HCA’s Tennessee Division. Mr. Jacobs’ background at HCA also includes serving as President of HCA’s Central Group, Vice President of the Western Group, Assistant Vice President of the Central Group and Assistant Vice President of the Salt Lake City Division. In addition to serving as the former Chairman of the Nashville Health Care Council, he is also the past director of the Federation of American Hospitals and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He is currently a board member of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Mental Health Management. Mr. Jacobs holds a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University. The Board believes Mr. Jacobs’ extensive hospital industry experience as well as his prior experience as chairman and CEO of a publicly traded healthcare company will be critical as the Company continues to develop its hospital acute care product line and navigate the responsibilities associated with being a public company.

        Independent Director
      • James R. Jones

        Director
        Director

        Mr. Jones has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010. Mr. Jones’ 36 year career in professional accounting at KPMG LLP included the role of Managing Partner at their Nashville, Tennessee office from 1999 to 2006. He served in various capacities during his career at KPMG which also included positions at their offices in Jackson, Mississippi, Washington, D.C. and Greenville, South Carolina. During his tenure with KPMG, Mr. Jones led a team of more than 100 individuals providing accounting services for an extensive client base. Following retirement in 2006, he has served as an advisor and provided various consulting services to several companies, including acting as liaison between management and the board of directors of a long-term care facility and serving as interim CEO of a charitable organization. He is currently a board director and member of the audit committee of Argent Trust Company of Tennessee. Mr. Jones also serves as a member of our Audit Committee and is our Audit Committee financial expert. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. from Mississippi College and an M.B.A from Mississippi State University. The Board believes Mr. Jones’ significant accounting background will strengthen Cumberland’s existing financial capabilities and play a key role as the Company is subject to increasingly stringent accounting and auditing regulations as a public entity.

      • Caroline R. Young

        Director
        Director

        Ms. Young joined the Board of Directors of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Ms. Young was previously the President of the Nashville Health Care Council, a position she held from 2008 to 2015. Under her leadership, the Council’s membership grew to encompass 300 diverse organizations and launched the one-of-a-kind Fellows initiative designed to further the skills of business executives. Additionally, the Council’s innovative Leadership Health Care program expanded to consist of 1,000 members. Ms. Young joined the Council in 2004, serving as vice president. Prior to the Council, Ms. Young was the founding Executive Director of Life Science Tennessee from 2002 to 2004. She also served in communications roles for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) from 1998 to 2002. Ms. Young is currently the Executive Director of NashvilleHealth, an initiative focused on improving the health of the citizens of Nashville-Davidson County. NashvilleHealth addresses area health equity issues and ensures Nashville continues to be a great place to live and work. Ms. Young has been recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as a “Healthcare Hero,” and the Nashville Medical News as a “Woman to Watch.” Currently, Ms. Young is on the board of the Center for Non-Profit Management, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Washington, DC-based Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry. Ms. Young holds an M.S. from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. from the University of Mississippi.

      • Kenneth J. Krogulski

        Director
        Director

        Mr. Krogulski joined Cumberland’s Board of Directors in 2017. He has over 39 years of experience in security analysis and portfolio management and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Asset Management, LLC, as well as the company’s Chief Investment Officer. Berkshire is a 32-year-old independent SEC registered Pennsylvania based investment advisory firm with over $2.2 billion in assets under supervision. Prior to Berkshire, Mr. Krogulski began his career in financial services in 1979 at First Eastern Bank, N.A., now PNC Financial, as an investment analyst and portfolio manager, where he advanced to Chief Investment Officer of the Trust Department. He then joined Berkshire in 1990 and later led a management buy-out acquiring the company from Legg Mason. Under his leadership Berkshire’s assets under supervision have grown from $600 million in 2006 and are now over $2.2 billion. Currently Mr. Krogulski serves on the board of Allied Services Rehabilitation Hospital and as Chairman of the Appleseed Foundation. Previously he served as the Director of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System, on the board of the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, the Luzerne Foundation and on various other community boards. Mr. Krogulski earned his M.B.A. from Wilkes University and a B.S. in finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

      • Joseph C. Galante

        Director
        Director
        Mr. Galante joined Cumberland’s Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Galante is recognized as a music industry leader, having played a key role in developing the careers of some of the top music artists in the world. Mr. Galante began his career at RCA Records in New York, followed by a transfer to RCA Nashville where he served as a director at the label. When named the President of RCA Records in New York, Mr. Galante became the youngest person ever named to run a major country record label. He then returned to Nashville as Chairman to run the RCA and BNA labels in Nashville. Under his leadership, RCA Records was the number one country label for eleven consecutive years. Mr. Galante then served as Chairman of Sony Music Nashville for six years and was presented with the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award by the Opry Trust to honor his work for country music. Mr. Galante is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Financial Partners, whose shares are listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, the Country Music Association, and the chair of the CMA Foundation. Mr. Galante’s successful business track record, entrepreneurial and public company experience makes him a valuable member of our Board