A commitment to excellence

About Merz

Merz North America is a specialty healthcare company that develops and commercializes innovative treatment solutions in aesthetics, dermatology and neurosciences in the U.S. and Canada.  Our ambition is to become a recognized leader in the treatment of movement disorders, and in aesthetics and dermatology. Our future is promising, and we are committed to advancing new therapeutic options and improving patients’ lives.

For more than 100 years, the development of our products has been based on Merz`s commitment to providing innovative medical approaches that earn trust of patients, physicians and partners worldwide. Globally, the companies of Merz Pharma Group are focused on medications for treating neurological and psychiatric illnesses, and they have assumed a leading role in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.  Founded in 1908, Merz Pharma Group is a privately owned company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.

Meet our North America leadership team

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Bill Humphries
President and CEO
Merz North America, Inc.

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Michael McMyne
Senior Director – Commercial
Excellence & North American
Strategic Implementation

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John Donofrio
Chief Financial Officer
Head – North American
Business Development

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Jim Hartman
Vice President and Head
U.S. Aesthetics/OTC

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Greg Besase
Vice President and Head
U.S. Dermatology

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Glenn Block
Vice President and Head
U.S. Neurosciences

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Brian Pilcher, PhD
Vice President
U.S. Medical Affairs

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Bill Edwards, JD
Vice President
General Counsel

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Katrina Church, JD
Vice President
Chief Compliance Officer

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Hyunna Coelho
Vice President
Human Resources

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Bob Bennett
President and General
Manager
Merz Pharma Canada, Ltd.

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Mark Lemko
Vice President and Head
NEOCUTIS Business Unit

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Mark Lemko
Vice President and Head
NEOCUTIS Business Unit

Mark Lemko currently serves as Vice President and Head of the NEOCUTIS Business, which was acquired by Merz Pharma Group in July 2013. In this role, Mark is responsible for driving continued product innovation and overseeing all sales and marketing activities for NEOCUTIS. A widely-respected entrepreneur and veteran of the dermatology industry, Mark is also one of the original founders of NEOCUTIS, Inc. In his previous role as President of NEOCUTIS, Inc., Mark was responsible for strategic direction, executive management and national expansion for all of the company’s US-based commercial activity. Mark brings over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, with expertise ranging from sales and marketing management to international business. Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Simpson College.

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John Donofrio
Chief Financial Officer
Head – North American
Business Development

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Bob Bennett
President and General
Manager
Merz Pharma Canada, Ltd.

Bob Bennett currently serves as President and General Manager – Merz Pharma Canada, Ltd. Bob joined Merz in September 2008 as Director of Marketing and Sales, Canada, and most recently served as Business Unit Director – Aesthetics/OTC. He brings more than 25 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience to his role as head of Merz’s Canadian business. Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Bill Humphries
President and CEO
Merz North America, Inc.

Bill joined Merz as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Merz North America in March of 2012. He is a member of the Merz Pharma Board and chairman of the Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC Board, Merz Aesthetics Board, and the Merz Canada Board. As President and CEO, Bill develops and implements overall strategies, manages operations, evaluates financial growth, and enhances the ethical culture of the company. Bill has more than 25 years of experience in the specialty pharmaceutical industry, with more than 22 of those years focused on the commercialization of dermatology specialty pharmaceutical products. He received a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree for his undergraduate studies at Bucknell University.

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Brian Pilcher, PhD
Vice President
U.S. Medical Affairs

Brian joined Merz in December 2004 and serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Merz North America. Brian is primarily responsible for leading the Medical Affairs function serving Aesthetics, Dermatology, and Neuroscience businesses, which includes Field Clinical Specialist, Regional Medical Manager, Aesthetics Clinical Services, all Scientific and Medical Communications, Physician Relations, and Thought Leader Development, as well as all grants and sponsorship administration in the US. Brian has over 15 years of experience in medical research and education. Brian completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma, earning a PhD in Cell Biology.

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Michael McMyne
Senior Director – Commercial
Excellence & North American
Strategic Implementation

Michael joined Merz in October 2012. As Senior Director, Commercial Excellence and North American Strategic Implementation, Michael leads operational excellence in the areas of external communications, sales operations, market research, competitive intelligence, forecasting, and operational analytics for Merz in the US. In addition, Michael is responsible for leading integration of all Merz businesses (Aesthetics, Dermatology, and Neurosciences) in the US and Canada. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.

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Jim Hartman
Vice President and Head
U.S. Aesthetics/OTC

Jim joined Merz in June 2012 and currently serves as Vice President and Head U.S. Aesthetics/OTC. Jim leads the aesthetics strategy development and commercial implementation for meeting franchise objectives in the US. His role acts as a leading conduit between the commercial needs for success in the US and our Global Project Teams for assigned aesthetics projects. He has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with more than 13 of those years focused on the development and marketing of specialty pharmaceutical products. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine.

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Bill Edwards, JD
Vice President
General Counsel

Bill joined Merz in March 2009 as Vice President & General Counsel. In October of 2012, Bill was selected to lead the Company’s legal function in the US. In addition, Bill continues to serve as General Counsel, Vice President, and Secretary of the parent/holding company of Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC, and Merz Aesthetics, Inc. Bill has over 23 years of experience providing legal counsel to pharmaceutical companies and to diverse components of the US healthcare delivery system. Bill holds his Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an editor of the North Carolina Law Review. He received a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of Virginia. Bill is a member of the North Carolina Bar.

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Katrina Church, JD
Vice President
Chief Compliance Officer

Katrina joined Merz in November 2009. As Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer for Merz in the US, Katrina provides strategic and operational leadership to Merz on matters relating to compliance issues, including industry standards established by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Inspector General, and other federal and state agencies. Katrina obtained her Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law. She also obtained an AB graduating Magna Cum Laude from Duke University. Katrina is admitted to the California Bar.

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Hyunna Coelho
Vice President
Human Resources

Hyunna joined Merz in November 2009 and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources.  She leads human resources, training & development, and internal communications for Merz in the US and Canada. She has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with more than 13 of those years focused on sales training and development and commercial operations in specialty pharmaceuticals. Hyunna holds a Master of Business Administration in Pharmaceutical Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina.

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Glenn Block
Vice President and Head
U.S. Neurosciences

Glenn joined Merz in August 2007 and currently serves as Vice President and Head – U.S. Neurosciences. Prior to this, Glenn held the role of President and General Manager of Merz Pharma Canada Ltd. and holds the distinction of having built Merz’s Canadian organization from the ground up. Glenn has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with most of those years focused on the development and marketing of neurotoxins in North America. Glenn holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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Greg Besase
Vice President and Head
U.S. Dermatology

Greg joined Merz in December 2012 and currently serves as Vice President and Head – US Dermatology. Greg leads the dermatology strategy development and commercial implementation for meeting franchise objectives in the US. His role acts as a leading conduit between the commercial needs for success in the US and our Global Project Teams for assigned dermatology projects. He brings over 19 years of pharmaceutical sales and marketing experience. Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.