Who We Are

Delivering on our promise for patients

Founded in 1999 in Copenhagen, Denmark, we are a dual-listed, international biotechnology company specializing in the creation and development of differentiated antibody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

We are led by an experienced international management team. Our proprietary product pipeline and next-generation antibody technologies are the result of our strong company culture and a deep passion for innovation. We are inspired by nature and the power of the immune system to transform cancer treatment.

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Senior Leadership

Forging the way for tomorrow’s innovations today

Genmab’s leadership team includes the company’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Development Officer, who together lead approximately 600 employees to achieve our vision.

With their passion for innovation, deep understanding of the antibody field and proven business acumen, our senior leaders bring their combined know-how to guide the company’s continued growth trajectory.


Learn more about our senior leaders by clicking on their names.

Jan G. J. van de Winkel, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. van de Winkel is a co-founder of Genmab and served as President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer of the company until his appointment as President & Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Dr. van de Winkel has more than 25 years of experience in the therapeutic antibody field and served as Vice President and Scientific Director of Medarex Europe prior to Genmab. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications and has been responsible for over 150 patents and pending patent applications.

Dr. van de Winkel holds a professorship of immunotherapy at Utrecht University. He is chairman of the board of directors of Hookipa Pharma Inc, and member of the board of directors of Leo Pharma and Celdara Medical. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nijmegen.

Nationality

Dutch

Judith Klimovsky, M.D.

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Dr. Klimovsky joined Genmab in 2017 and is a recognized drug developer with more than 20 years of experience in R&D leadership roles in big pharma. She has successfully led the development of key cancer drugs at both Bristol Myers Squibb and Novartis, from early clinic through late-stage development and approval including ixabepilone (BMS), ASA404, MEK162, LGX818 and Afinitor (Novartis). During the span of her career, she has led global development organizations of over 450 people.

Dr. Klimovsky has been a board member of Bellicum Pharmaceuticals since January 2019. Previously, Dr. Klimovsky served in various hematology clinical practice positions in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Klimovsky earned her M.D. from the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine. As a medical doctor, she also brings skills and experience from working as a clinician in hospital environments.

Nationality

Argentinian (U.S. Citizen)

Anthony Mancini

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Mancini joined Genmab in March 2020 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for ensuring Genmab brings its innovative and differentiated medicines to patients around the world and for leading Genmab’s Commercial, Corporate Development, Business Development and Information Technology functions. Prior to joining Genmab, Mr. Mancini served in a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles over a nearly 24-year career at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). Most recently, he led BMS’ US Innovative Medicines Unit, a team of over 1100 people focused on Immunology & Cardiovascular diseases.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada, an M.B.A. from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, and participated in the General Management Program, CEDEP at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Nationality

Canadian and Italian

Anthony Pagano

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Pagano joined Genmab in 2007, was appointed Senior Vice President in 2011 and became the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective March 1, 2020. Prior to joining Genmab, Mr. Pagano was Corporate Controller and Senior Director of Business Planning at NovaDel Pharma, a publicly traded specialty pharmaceutical company. He started his career at KPMG LLP, reaching the position of Manager, where he provided audit and M&A consulting services to clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500s in a broad range of industries.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in Accounting from The College of New Jersey, as well as an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Nationality

American

Tahamtan Ahmadi, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Head of Oncology

Dr. Ahmadi joined Genmab in 2017. He holds an M.D. from the University of Cologne (Germany) and a Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg (Germany) and has expertise in translational research, strategic product development, global regulatory submissions and clinical development. Prior to joining Genmab, Dr. Ahmadi was head of experimental medicine and early development oncology at Janssen and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Oncology.

During his time at Janssen, he led the global development of daratumumab including clinical R&D and medical affairs strategy across indications and was instrumental in the clinical development and initial FDA NDA submission for Ibrutinib. Prior to joining Janssen, Dr. Ahmadi was a faculty member of the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ahmadi is an author on a number of scientific articles that have been published in journals such as NEJM, Lancet, JCO and Blood, among others.

Nationality

Iranian-German (U.S. Citizen)

Birgitte Stephensen, M.S.

Senior Vice President, IPR & Legal

Ms. Stephensen joined Genmab in 2002 and was appointed Senior Vice President in 2010. Ms. Stephensen has extensive experience from both private practice and industry working with intellectual property matters within the pharmaceutical and biotech field. Ms. Stephensen passed the European Qualifying Examination as European Patent Attorney in 1994. She earned an M.S. from the Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Nationality

Danish

Martine J. van Vugt, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff

Dr. van Vugt started her professional career at Genmab in 2001 and was appointed Senior Vice President in 2014. Previously, she was responsible for Genmab’s Project and Alliance Management as well as strategic initiatives and will continue overseeing these areas. Since 2011 she has been active in Business Development. She is listed as inventor on numerous patents and has been involved in the completion of many partnership and research deals between Genmab and big pharma/biotech companies. She holds an M.S. from the University of Wageningen and a Ph.D. from Utrecht University.

Nationality

Dutch

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