"Kent's leadership has guided Senomyx to be in an exceptional position for further growth," said Jay M. Short, Ph.D., Lead Independent Director of Senomyx's Board of Directors. "His continued service as Chairman of the Board after his retirement will be valuable for providing continuity and ongoing guidance to the Company. John has worked closely with Kent for the past decade and has been instrumental in expanding Senomyx's focus from research and development to broader commercialization of its flavor ingredients. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank Kent for his exemplary service and look forward to working with John in his new capacity when he takes over as CEO."
Mr. Poyhonen joined Senomyx in October 2003 as Vice President and Chief Business Officer and was named Vice President and Chief Business and Financial Officer in April 2004. He was promoted to President and COO in September 2009. From 1996 until October 2003, Poyhonen served in various sales and marketing positions for Agouron Pharmaceuticals, a Pfizer company, most recently as Vice President of National Sales. Prior to holding this position, he was Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of National Accounts. Mr. Poyhonen received his B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.
"Working with Kent in a variety of business development, financial, and strategic leadership positions at Senomyx has provided wide-ranging experiences and important preparation for the CEO position," Poyhonen stated. "Kent's ongoing counsel prior to his retirement as CEO and longer term as Chairman of the Board will assure a smooth transition.
"Flavor ingredients from our Sweet Taste Program, Savory Taste Program, and Bitter Blockers Program are currently being marketed by Senomyx partners. Importantly, w
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