Joseph Spagnardi joined Shionogi Inc. in June 2013 and is currently Executive Vice President overseeing Legal and Compliance. In this role, Mr. Spagnardi serves as the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of the company, and is responsible for all legal and compliance matters. Mr. Spagnardi has extensive legal experience in both private practice and senior corporate legal roles, most of which has been in the pharmaceutical industry. In his previous position, he served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a publicly traded pharmaceutical company, acquired by Merck & Co., Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Spagnardi held senior legal positions at GlaxoSmithKline, where he served as Assistant General Counsel – R&D Operations, and Glaxo Wellcome, where he served as a Senior Counsel focusing on transactional matters. Mr. Spagnardi started his legal career at the law firm of Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, in New York, specializing in corporate transactions.
Mr. Spagnardi holds a J.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Delaware. He has been admitted to the Bar in the State of New York since 1990.