Leadership Team

Bob Rhatigan

Bob Rhatigan

CEO, Merz Americas

Mr. Rhatigan is the CEO of Merz Americas, leading the company strategy and operations across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Mr. Rhatigan holds a proven track record of successful business leadership, building strong teams and developing leading brands in the medical aesthetics arena. Prior to joining Merz in 2017, Mr. Rhatigan spent 17 years at Allergan where he completed his tenure as SVP, GM and Chief Executive of SkinMedica®.

Prior to this role, Mr. Rhatigan served as SVP of Allergan’s Facial Aesthetic business, where he led the launches and marketplace success of BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM® and LATISSE® in the United States.

In addition to his experience in medical aesthetics, Mr. Rhatigan has extensive leadership and product launch experience across neurosciences, medical dermatology and eye care. Prior to Allergan, Mr. Rhatigan spent nine years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing. Mr. Rhatigan most recently served as President and CEO of Merz North America.

Mr. Rhatigan was named the “Top Aesthetics CEO” by Aesthetic Everything in 2017. Previous awards include: “Innovator in Dermatology” by the Cosmetic Surgery Forum in 2013, “Top 25 DTC Marketer” from DTC Perspectives in 2008, and “Excellence in Sales Leadership” from PDI in 2004.

Mr. Rhatigan is a member of Merz’s Global Executive Management Board, in addition to the boards for the Americas business.

Patrick Urban

Patrick Urban

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Urban is the chief commercial officer of Merz North America and leads the company in commercial strategy and development of the aesthetics organization.

Mr. Urban is committed to driving commercial success by taking ownership of the customer experience and leading the aesthetics team to deliver trusted results. He is a visionary leader and sales professional with more than 20 years of experience in planning strategic campaigns, closing major accounts, mentoring field personnel to greater productivity, targeting market segments, and optimizing procedures.

Prior to joining Merz in July 2016, Mr. Urban spent seven years at Ulthera, where he held the following roles: eastern regional sales director, director of national sales, and finally, vice president of U.S. sales.

As the vice president of U.S. sales for Ulthera, Mr. Urban managed six regional sales directors and a national practice manager, overseeing all aspects of the sales division of Ulthera.

Prior to his career with Ulthera, Mr. Urban served as a national sales manager for LifeSync Corporation. In this role, he helped build and launch a market for the LifeSync Wireless ECG System in the U.S.

Mr. Urban holds a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Loyola University Maryland.

Karl Kokrhoun

Karl Kokrhoun

Global Chief Financial Officer

Karl joined Merz in May 2020 as Chief Financial Officer for Merz Aesthetics. In his role, he is responsible for financial reporting, governance and strategic planning as well as driving systems and process automation.

Mr. Kokrhoun comes to Merz Aesthetics from Novartis, where he served as the Global Head of Finance of the Biologics Technical Department. In this role, he oversaw the financial strategy for the Biologics Technical Department and played an active role as a core member of the Functional Leadership Team. Over the course of his nearly 28-year tenure at Novartis and Novartis-owned companies, Mr. Kokrhoun has acquired a broad range of experience and served in many financial roles of increasing responsibility, including as CFO Vaccines and Diagnostics U.S. where he was essential in integrating Chiron into Novartis. Mr. Kokrhoun earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

Vice President, Head of Technical Operations, Merz North America

Mr. Anderson is the vice president and head of technical operations for Wisconsin and the Merz Innovation Center (MDIC) in Mesa, Arizona.

Mr. Anderson joined Merz in 2011 as vice president, quality operations & business excellence. In his current role, he is primarily accountable for manufacturing operations, supply chain management for Merz in the U.S. and quality operations globally. He has more than 24 years of experience within the biomedical, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Before joining Merz, Mr. Anderson served as corporate quality director and management representative for Baxter’s global purchasing and supply chain organizations. Prior to Baxter, Mr. Anderson spent two years at Hospira (Pfizer) as corporate head of quality, biosimiliars.

Mr. Anderson holds a bachelor‘s degree in molecular biology and pre-health from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside and a master’s degree in total quality management from Marquette University. He has also been certified as a Quality Engineer, Six Sigma Green Belt and ISO Lead Auditor for Medical Devices.

Frank Brandt-Pollmann

Frank Brandt-Pollmann

Area Vice President, Latin America

Frank Brandt-Pollmann was named Area Vice President – Latin America in August 2018. He leads strategy and operations for Merz’s business in Latin America and oversees Merz’s operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, as well as the distribution partner relationships in a number of additional Latin American countries. Brandt-Pollmann also serves as General Manager for Brazil, a large and key market for Merz Aesthetics. He reports directly to Bob Rhatigan, CEO – Americas and is a member of the Americas Leadership Team.

Brandt-Pollmann joined Merz in September 2012 as Area Manager for Asia Pacific. A German national, he worked for Merz in both headquarters in Frankfurt and APAC before relocating to Latin America in 2015 to lead the team in Brazil. He brings more than 12 years of international pharmaceutical experience in both operations and commercial roles, along with excellent relationships with our customers in the region and a strong understanding of Merz’s culture and employees, all of which are critical to our success in Latin America. Prior to joining Merz, he spent nine years at Boehringer Ingelheim in sales, marketing and supply chain roles of increasing responsibility.

Brandt-Pollmann studied Business Administration (Diplom-Betriebswirt) at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany, and completed the Program of Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School in July 2018.

Katrina Church

Katrina Church

Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Church serves as chief compliance officer of Merz North America and global compliance officer for the Merz Group of Companies.

Ms. Church has been with Merz since 2009. She held various roles in the legal department until 2012 when she was appointed to lead the newly created compliance department. In this role, she is responsible for strategic and operational leadership to Merz on matters relating to compliance issues, including developing, monitoring and training on compliance with state and federal regulations that apply to all life sciences companies. She assumed responsibility for global compliance in 2015.

Before joining Merz, Ms. Church was executive vice president and general counsel of Connetics Corporation, a medical dermatology company that was acquired by Stiefel in 2008. Prior to her career with Stiefel, she served as general counsel of VISX, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the vision treatment known as LASIK.

Ms. Church holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a law degree from New York University. She is a member of the Merz Pharma Board, the management group for the Merz Companies.

Hyunna Coelho

Hyunna Coelho

Vice President, CORE Services

Ms. Coelho joined Merz in November 2009 and currently serves as vice president of CORE services. As part of CORE services, Ms. Coelho leads the following departments: corporate communications, commercial analytics, fleet and facilities operations, meeting and events, human resources, organizational development, leadership development, and production, media & design.

She has more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with more than 15 of those years focused on sales leadership, commercial operations and human resources in specialty pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining Merz, Ms. Coelho spent nine years at Johnson and Johnson in various sales leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to her career in specialty pharmaceuticals, she held various management roles with Marriott Healthcare Services.

Ms. Coelho holds a master’s degree in pharmaceutical marketing from St. Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Bill Edwards, JD

Bill Edwards, JD

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Merz North America

Mr. Edwards is vice president, general counsel and secretary of Merz North America and provides legal counsel on North American operations and business strategy.

Mr. Edwards is responsible for leading the ongoing operations of the North American legal function and for advising management using a solution-oriented approach to address legal challenges and facilitate execution of the company’s business strategy. He collaborates with global colleagues in providing legal counsel and support for North American business development initiatives, including product development, acquisition and licensing arrangements, and aligns the focus of the North American legal function with global strategies.

Mr. Edwards’ life sciences experience spans over 20 years serving as in-house counsel. He has extensive and diverse experience across the pharma and medical device industries, including biologics and cosmetic products.

Prior to this role, Mr. Edwards served as assistant general counsel at GlaxoSmithKline where he provided legal counsel on numerous facets of GSK’s commercial business operations, including regulatory compliance, government financed and managed healthcare, FDA regulation of product promotion and development, business planning and risk management. He also served as director of public policy in GSK corporate affairs and was active in legislative advocacy and grass roots initiatives.

Prior to GSK, Mr. Edwards practiced for seven years at Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore, LLP, representing hospitals, healthcare systems and healthcare professionals on corporate, regulatory, reimbursement, financing and risk management.

Can Gumus

Can Gumus

Vice President of Marketing, Aesthetics

Mr. Gumus is the vice president of marketing, aesthetics. In this role, he leads the portfolio and brand marketing strategies to help MNA achieve its commercial targets and support Merz’s vision to become the most admired, trusted and innovative company for customers.

Mr. Gumus has a strong track record in the aesthetics space and is one of the key employees Merz retained from the 2010 acquisition of BioForm Medical, Inc., to execute the company’s aesthetics strategy.

In his previous role as head of global marketing aesthetics, Mr. Gumus led teams in Frankfurt, Geneva and Mesa to successfully execute a number of campaigns and events, strengthen the pipeline, and reorganize the business to better collaborate with all four regional commercial functions. He has also served as the general manager for Merz in France, where he successfully grew revenues and transformed the business into sustained profitability.

Before joining Merz, Mr. Gumus was the director of business development and investor relations at BioForm where he was responsible for investor relations, new business acquisitions and a variety of other sales and marketing initiatives. Mr. Gumus was a member of the initial public offering (IPO) team and played an active role in the ultimate sale of BioForm to Merz.

Mr. Gumus holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Salisa Hauptmann

Salisa Hauptmann

Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs

Salisa Hauptmann joined Merz in March 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs.

Ms. Hauptmann has over 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs with a broad background in pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices. She has worked in a number of therapeutic areas, with a focus in dermatology/skincare and neurosciences. In addition to working closely with the U.S. FDA and EMA, Ms. Hauptmann has deep regulatory expertise in international/emerging markets.

Prior to joining Merz, Ms. Hauptmann was Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs, Emerging Markets-Asia Pacific at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where her most notable contributions were leading the Stiefel regulatory integration, and establishing the global regulatory regional hub infrastructure as part of the GSK regulatory affairs department globalization initiative. Prior to GSK, Ms. Hauptmann was the Vice President and Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Stiefel where she successfully led five NDA submissions and numerous global registrations throughout Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Ms. Hauptmann holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in public health from Webster University.

Samantha Kerr, Ph.D.

Samantha Kerr, Ph.D.

Global Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Kerr joined Merz in March 2020 as Chief Scientific Officer for Merz Aesthetics. In her role, Dr. Kerr is responsible for setting the scientific strategy and priorities, overseeing and building the company’s R&D pipeline and global day-to-day research operations. Dr. Kerr comes to Merz Aesthetics with nearly two decades of demonstrated success and leadership in medical aesthetics and healthcare across a variety of scientific and business leadership roles. She previously served as the Vice President, Global Area Head Medical Aesthetics, Device at Allergan Ltd., where she oversaw the design, development and execution of global programs to gain product approvals, focusing on the U.S., EU, China and Japan. At Allergan, Dr. Kerr managed a global team with responsibility for more than 15 device programs from early stage to launch readiness. Dr. Kerr joined Merz Aesthetics directly from TMC Pharma Services Ltd., where she served as Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for working closely with executive leadership to define the strategy and ensure business objectives supported the medium- and long-term growth of the company. Dr. Kerr earned her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow and completed a Genetics and Genomics certification at Stanford University.

Kevin O‘Brien

Kevin O‘Brien

Vice President, Neurosciences

Mr. O’Brien joined Merz in August 2017 as vice president of the neurosciences division. In this role, he is responsible for leading the commercial strategy and execution for the business, including oversight of field sales, managed markets and marketing in North America.

Mr. O’Brien is a global healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience in sales, sales leadership and business development in the U.S., Canada and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Merz, he spent 16 years with Allergan in the dermatology and aesthetics fields. Mr O‘Brien spent six years on international assignments – his most recent in Canada as the executive director of medical aesthetics. Prior to that, he served as director of business development, medical aesthetics for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, with a focus on China, Japan, and Korea.

Before joining Allergan, Mr. O’Brien had a successful career with J&J and Boston Scientific, in both sales and marketing functions.

Mr. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California and a law degree from Western State University.

Jonathan Parrish

Jonathan Parrish

Vice President, Commercial Development

Dr. Parrish serves as vice president, skincare sales and integrated customer experience. In this role, he leads the skincare (NEOCutis), asclera and inside sales teams, as well as Merz’s customer service and project management functions.

Since joining Merz in 2009, Dr. Parrish has worked in a variety of sales, marketing and business/corporate development roles, including an international assignment at Merz’s headquarters located in Frankfurt, Germany.

Prior to joining Merz, Dr. Parrish was a consultant at Navigant Consulting (formerly Easton Associates) and a research scientist at Cephalon, Inc. (has since been acquired by Teva Ltd.).

Dr. Parrish holds a master’s degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Terri L. Phillips, M.D.

Terri L. Phillips, M.D.

Vice President and Head of Global Medical Affairs

Terri L. Phillips, M.D., joined Merz in January 2018 as Vice President and Head of Global Medical Affairs. In this role, she oversees the medical affairs function for the company’s two businesses in medical aesthetics and neurosciences.

Dr. Phillips is widely recognized for her scientific, technical and business innovation expertise and has been in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Merz, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at Santen where she was responsible for organizational design and build up for the company’s first global medical affairs function. She also worked at Allergan for nine years, assuming increasingly expanded leadership roles.

Dr. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennett College and a doctor of medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is dual board certified in neonatal/prenatal medicine and pediatrics.

Stefan Schacht

Stefan Schacht

Global Head, IT and Sourcing

Dr. Schacht serves as the global head, IT and sourcing for Merz, including Merz North America.

Dr. Schacht joined Merz in 2007 to establish the global strategic sourcing division. He was instrumental in the global implementation of lean management in 2010 and served as lean management officer for three years, in addition to his role as chief purchasing officer.

Since 2013, Dr. Schacht has served as head of corporate IT (CIO), in addition to head of corporate strategic sourcing (CPO).

Dr. Schacht brings 16 years of industry experience to his role and is a member of the North America Leadership Team.

Dr. Schacht holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Frankfurt in Germany and a master’s degree from the University of Santa Barbara in California.