Bob Oliver serves as President and CEO of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., (OAPI). He is responsible for overseeing OAPI’s diverse and growing product portfolio across the neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncology, and medical device markets. Bob drives the organization toward a vision that reaches beyond innovative medicines to provide solutions, access, and education, and he motivates employees by encouraging them to view their work as fighting disease, confronting stigma, and resisting the status quo.
In 2010, he joined OAPI as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, having compiled more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry — and he quickly built up the organization’s commercial capabilities. Under his leadership, ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) grew to become the number-one selling pharmaceutical in the United States, while SAMSCA® (tolvaptan) and SPRYCEL® (dasatinib) continued to outperform expectations and Otsuka launched Abilify Maintena® (aripiprazole) and Rexulti®.
Prior to joining Otsuka, Bob was Vice President and Global Business Manager for Oncology at Wyeth, where he also led the Vaccines Division and maintained responsibility for U.S. Sales and Operations. Bob began his career in pharmaceuticals with Johnson & Johnson, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing, and Business Operations.
Bob earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. degree in Marketing from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University, where he now sits on the Pharma Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board for Academic Fellows at Eastern University, where he mentors doctoral candidates. Previously, Bob served for five years as Chairman of the Board for Eastern University Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, and on the Board of Visitors for Howard University in Washington, D.C.
When Bob is not working, he enjoys watching his son, Deion, play football at the University of California, Berkeley, and cheering on his youngest son, David, in Little League baseball. He also takes great pride in his daughter, Sherrell, graduating from his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University.