MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced the appointment of John K. Bakewell as chief financial officer. Mr. Bakewell will begin his new role on January 1, 2016.
“John brings significant industry and public company experience and financial acumen to Exact Sciences,” said Kevin T. Conroy, chairman, president and CEO of Exact Sciences. “His deep experience in health care makes him the ideal CFO for the company. He is highly respected in the industry and can make a significant impact on the creation of value for Exact Sciences’ shareholders.”
Mr. Bakewell, 54, brings more than two decades of experience in leadership roles in finance and operations with large corporations and emerging growth health care companies. Most recently, he was CFO at Lantheus Holdings Inc., where he led the financial management, investor relations, information technologies and risk management functions.
"I am honored to join the leadership team at Exact Sciences and to have the opportunity to play a key role in the mission of eradicating colon cancer,” Bakewell said.
Bakewell serves as a director of two medical technology companies, including serving as a member of the audit committee of Entellus Medical and as chairman of the audit committee at Keystone Dental. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Northern Iowa and is a certified public accountant (current status inactive).
Bakewell will report to Mr. Conroy and serve as a member of the executive leadership team.
Exact Sciences also announced that Bill Megan, who has served as senior vice president of finance since August 2013, will be leaving the company following a short transition period.
“Bill led our finance and accounting functions during a pivotal period, during which we obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and Medicare coverage for Cologuard, and launched the test,” Mr. Conroy said. “We thank Bill for his outstanding leadership and service, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
About Exact Sciences Corp.
Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of some of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Cologuard is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and stool DNA is included in the guidelines of the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. For more information, please follow us on Twitter @ExactSciences or find us on Facebook.
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