Vol 11. Issue 30 / October 3, 2011


Scripps Research Board Elects New Trustees

The Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees has elected John A. Davis, Alan C. Mendelson, William H. Molloie, and Fredric G. Reynolds as its newest members.

"I'm delighted to welcome our new trustees," said Richard A. Lerner, M.D., president of Scripps Research. "Representing diverse backgrounds in the legal, entertainment, and financial services industries, these individuals will bring valuable leadership skills and experience to the Board and will contribute to the continued success of the institute."


Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, Davis has been a producer on more than 88 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $4 billion worldwide. The company, established in 1986, has enjoyed a long-standing first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox, but produces projects for all studios and mini-majors. A hallmark of Davis' success is his ability to attract the industry's most successful actors, directors, writers and other creative talent time and again to his productions. He has produced a quartet of successful films and their sequels, including the Predator, Grumpy Old Men, Dr. Dolittle, and Garfield films, which have grown into successful, multi-title franchises, making Davis well-known for his ability to brand entertainment, extending his titles beyond the theatrical applications.

Davis graduated from Bowdoin College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. His successful business ventures include setting up and running successful TV Stations and Wetzel's Pretzels, which Davis was instrumental in expanding and sold in 2007.


Mendelson has been a partner in Latham & Watkins LLP's Silicon Valley office since 2000. He co-chairs the firm's Emerging Companies Group and Life Sciences Industry Group. Within these focused groups, Mendelson currently serves as principal outside or general counsel to such clients as Bayhill Therapeutics, Complete Genomics, Corcept Therapeutics, Geron Corporation, Intuitive Surgical, Kai Pharmaceuticals, Kythera Pharmaceuticals, Limerick BioPharma, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, QLT, Singulex, and Ulthera.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mendelson earned a J.D. from Harvard University. He is a member of the UC Berkeley Foundation and the Board of Advisors for the university's College of Chemistry. He served as president of the Cal Alumni Association and is currently a Regent designee of the UC Board of Regents. He previously served as president of the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California, Inc. and is currently a member of the Major Gifts Council of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.


Molloie leads the PricewaterhouseCooper Pharma/Life Science practice in San Diego. Prior to joining the San Diego office, he spent three years in Shanghai directing the firm's China/Hong Kong Technology Practice. Over the past 24 years, the Temple University graduate worked closely with emerging-growth companies, with clients in private and public organizations in the life sciences, software, venture capital, and communications industries. His areas of expertise include capital transactions, private placements, initial and secondary public offerings, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.

Molloie currently serves on the board of directors of CONNECT, BIOCOM, and the San Diego Venture Group. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Reynolds retired in 2009 as executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer of CBS Corporation where he served in this and other top executive roles since 1994. Previously, he had served as president of Viacom Television Stations Group, overseeing the company's growing portfolio of local television properties, and executive vice president and CFO of Viacom, Inc., responsible for all Viacom's financial functions. He was also executive vice president and CFO of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Reynolds also served in various senior financial executive positions at PepsiCo, Inc., including executive vice president and CFO for PepsiCo Foods International and PepsiCo's Frito-Lay unit; he was also CFO at other PepsiCo units, including Kentucky Fried Chicken, PepsiCo International, and Pizza Hut.

A native of Miami and graduate of the University of Miami, Reynolds is a member of the board of directors of Kraft Foods, Inc., where he is chair of the Audit Committee; AOL, Inc., where he serves as lead director; and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Inc., where he is chair of the Audit Committee. He is a trustees emeritus of the Board of the University of Miami.





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John A. Davis is chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment

Alan C. Mendelson is a partner in Latham & Watkins LLP's Silicon Valley office.

Fredric G. Reynolds is former executive vice president and CFO of CBS Corporation.

William Molloie (not pictured) leads the PriceWaterhouseCooper Pharama/Life Science practice in San Diego.