We believe that having invested and dedicated leadership begins with a management team that encourages innovation and creative thought processes amongst employees.

Our management team encompasses a diverse background of experience and credentials that support and enhance our company’s goals.

The board of directors understands our company and takes the time to conduct thorough reviews and ask challenging questions in a continual effort to increase long-term shareholder value.


Gerald (Gerry) D. Sakowski
Chief Executive Officer
g-sakowskiGerry Sakowski joined CMP Pharma in July 2013. Sakowski brings 25 years of experience working within contract services and generic drug development and commercialization. Previous positions include staff scientist at Oneida Research Services, Whitesboro, NY, and Analytical Business Manager at Applied Analytical Industries (AAI), Wilmington, NC. From 1997-2013, Sakowski held positions with Metrics, Inc. as Director of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of Business Development, Sr. Vice President and COO, and most recently, Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri.

Laine Atchison
Chief Financial Officer
Laine_AtchisonLaine Atchison joined CMP Pharma in February 2016. Atchison brings over 30 years of financial experience, including 10 years in pharmaceuticals. Previous positions include Controller, Director of Accounting and Finance for Merz North America, KBI Biopharma and Talecris. She has a Bachelors of Art from Dalhousie University and Masters of Business from the University of Western Ontario.

John Dilda
Plant Manager
John_DildaJohn Dilda joined CMP Pharma in 1986. Dilda brings 30 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience and earned an Associate degree in Applied Science.

Linda Aguilar
Director of Quality Assurance
Linda_AguilarLinda Aguilar joined CMP Pharma in October 2014. Aguilar brings 25 years of related pharmaceutical and quality experience. Previous positions included GMP Compliance Officer, QA Manager and Director for Hospira, Merck, Meretek and Metrics, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and Masters of Business from Cardinal Stritch University.

Anthony Pipho
Director of Product Development
Anthony_PiphoAnthony Pipho joined CMP Pharma in August 2014. Pipho brings 15 years of experience working in pharmaceutical development and drug formulation. Previous positions included Development Scientist, Lab Supervisor and Senior Analytical Chemist for Metrics, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from East Carolina University.

Board of Directors

Steve Cagle
Executive Chairman
Steve Cagle is the Chairman of the Board of CMP Pharma.  Previously, Mr. Cagle served as CEO of Moberg Pharma North America (formerly Alterna LLC) and prior to that was a principal management team member of Sparta Systems, where he served in various sales, marketing, and operational roles. Mr. Cagle also serves on the Board of Directors at M2S. Mr. Cagle received a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers and a Master of Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business.

Henry Smith
Henry Smith is the founder of CMP Pharma and has been a pioneer in the development of FDA-approved oral suspensions and topical products. Before founding the company, Mr. Smith was a professor at the School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Mr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science from Campbell University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

George Aitken-Davies
Mr. Aitken-Davies is a co-founder of Altaris. Prior to the formation of Altaris, he held various positions in Merrill Lynch’s private equity and healthcare investment banking groups. Mr. Aitken-Davies received a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and investigated the metabolism of bovine prion protein for his research dissertation at the Università di Padova, Italy. Mr. Aitken-Davies currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and as a board member of the Senator Foundation.

Dr. Robert “Rob” Watson
Dr. Watson is a principal at Altaris. Prior to joining Altaris, he was a member of the healthcare team at Hg Capital and Ares Life Sciences, where he executed a number of buyout and growth capital investments in various healthcare sectors. Dr. Watson also previously worked at Sofinnova Partners in Paris.

Bruce Friedman
Bruce Friedman is a retired pharmaceutical executive and consultant.  He has more than 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries, most recently as Vice President, Technical Operations at Noven Pharmaceuticals.  Mr. Friedman was a founder of JDS Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company acquired by Noven Pharmaceuticals in 2007.  Previous companies include Pfizer, Carter-Wallace and MedPointe. Mr. Friedman has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Columbia University.