Raj Kannan was named Chief Executive Officer in June 2019. Mr. Kannan brings over 25 years of pharma industry experience. He has held a variety of roles from field sales to leading global business franchises.  Mr. Kannan has led and supported multiple successful launches across therapeutic areas both in the U.S. and globally. Prior to joining Chiasma, Mr. Kannan served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals since July 2018. In that role, he was responsible for building and leading the company’s commercial operations, including sales, marketing, business analytics, and market access functions. Prior to Kiniksa, Mr. Kannan served as the Global Head of the Neurology and Immunology business franchise at Merck KGaA, where he was responsible for $2 billion in annual revenues and for providing the strategic direction for assets in clinical development.  Most recently, he successfully led the global launch of Mavenclad, an oral small molecule in Multiple Sclerosis. Prior to Merck KGaA, Mr. Kannan spent ten years at Boehringer Ingelheim in roles of increasing responsibility in the U.S., Canada, and in Germany, including the role of Global Marketing Head of the Cardiovascular Franchise where he was responsible for over $3.5B in annual revenues. 

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