CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) today announced that
Yuchun Lee joined its board of directors as an independent director. Mr.
Lee was appointed to the class of directors whose term expires in 2013.
The Vertex board currently consists of 10 members.
"As a proven leader in the development and execution of global
information technologies and digital marketing strategies, I look
forward to Yuchun's insights as we continue to grow our business," said
Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Vertex. "Yuchun will bring an invaluable perspective to our
board — one founded upon his belief that today, companies must provide
both reliable real time information and innovative products to customers
to be successful in establishing a global business based upon trust."
Mr. Lee is currently the Vice President and General Manager of IBM's
Enterprise Marketing Management Group where he directs a team of nearly
2,000 IBM employees and is a key architect in IBM's global initiative to
serve the needs of Chief Marketing Officers. Lee's team is focused on
providing solutions to help businesses better understand their customers
via social media, mobile behavior and real-time access to consumer
information, leveraging analytics to optimize customer communication and
The Enterprise Marketing Management Group at IBM was formed following
the acquisition of Unica, a recognized leader in marketing software
where Mr. Lee was the founder and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lee
founded Unica in 1992, and the company went public in 2005, growing to
nearly 600 employees before merging with IBM in 2010. Before co-founding
Unica, he held senior positions with Digital Equipment Corporation, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory and the
MIT Media Labs.
Mr. Lee is widely recognized as an accomplished entrepreneur and global
thought leader in the area of information technologies. He is a
co-inventor on several key patents in data mining and software
optimization and is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young New
England Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology Media and
Marketing. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of
Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Lee founded his first
software company while still in high school. He also holds a Master of
Business Administration from Babson College.
Vertex creates new possibilities in medicine. Our team discovers,
develops and commercializes innovative therapies so people with serious
diseases can lead better lives.
Vertex scientists and our collaborators are working on new medicines to
cure or significantly advance the treatment of hepatitis C, cystic
fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy and other life-threatening
Founded more than 20 years ago in Cambridge, MA, we now have ongoing
worldwide research programs and sites in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
Today, Vertex has more than 2,000 employees around the world, and Science
magazine named Vertex number one on its 2011 list of Top Employers in
the life sciences.
Vertex's press releases are available at www.vrtx.com.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated
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