John joined Gilead Sciences in 1990 and was Executive Chair from March 2016 through March 2019. He served as Chair and Chief Executive Officer from June 2008 through March 2016 and President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 through May 2008. Prior to joining Gilead, John held several leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Syntex Corporation. John currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Scripps Research Institute. John previously served as President of the International Society for Antiviral Research, Chair of the Board of Directors of BayBio and Chair of the Board of Directors of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). He served on the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases Council, the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Board of Directors for CHI, the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago, the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University and the External Scientific Advisory Board of the University of California School of Global Health. Additionally, John served on the Centers for Disease Control/Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment and was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. John holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago, an MBA from Golden Gate University and his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University. He has received the Isbell Award from the American Chemical Society and the Gertrude B. Elion Award for Scientific Excellence from the International Society for Antiviral Research. In 2008, John was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies.