Novocure Announces Expansion of Its Executive Leadership Team
Novocure (NASDAQ:NVCR) today announced an expansion of its Executive Leadership Team, effective Sept. 1, 2020, intended to further solidify executive leadership in preparation for an anticipated period of significant innovation and growth and to recognize the proven senior management experience of key Novocure leaders.
After eight years of service as Chief Financial Officer, Wilco Groenhuysen has been appointed to an expanded Chief Operating Officer role responsible for the general and administrative management of the company. He will also assume responsibility for the strategic and operational leadership of Novocure’s supply chain, warehousing and distribution, quality assurance and information technology operations. Mr. Groenhuysen is tasked to ensure organizational readiness in anticipation of the completion of four Phase 3 clinical trials over the next few years.
Ashley Cordova has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer and will assume responsibility for the oversight of Novocure’s global financial operations, including financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, and investor relations. In her new role, Ms. Cordova will report directly to Asaf Danziger, Novocure’s CEO.
With more than 15 years of experience in financial operations, Ms. Cordova has played a key role in leading multiple financial functions for Novocure with increasing responsibilities since she joined as Director of Global Treasury in 2014. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President with responsibility for financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations and corporate communications. Prior to joining Novocure, Ms. Cordova served in various financial roles at Pfizer and Zoetis. Ms. Cordova graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music and Business from Furman University, and earned her international MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Frank Leonard has been promoted to Chief Development Officer, a newly created executive role with responsibility for engineering, product development, business development, and the overall strategic and operational leadership of Novocure’s innovation platforms. In his new role, Mr. Leonard will report directly to Mr. Danziger.
Mr. Leonard joined Novocure in 2010 to help prepare the company for the commercial launch of Optune. In this role, he established Novocure’s health policy and business development groups, and additionally led various finance functions. Prior to joining Novocure, Mr. Leonard was a venture capital investor focused on high-impact medical technologies. Mr. Leonard holds an A.B. from Harvard and an M.A. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.