The Virtus Management Team is experienced, nimble and focused on creating value and generating results.

Debra Cesard - CFO

Debra Cesard joined Virtus in September 2018 and is the Chief Financial Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Revenue Management, Government Pricing & Reporting, Tax and Information Systems. Debby has extensive financial pharmaceutical experience, having held management positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sandoz.

Most recently, Debby worked 11 years as an independent financial management consultant, focused on internal control and process optimization, acquisitions & divestures, system implementations, technical accounting guidance, revenue recognition and analysis for pharmaceutical companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis.

Debby holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.


Kathleen Farley - COO

Kathleen Farley joined Virtus Pharmaceuticals in May 2019 and is the Chief Operating Officer. Kathleen is responsible for Supply Chain and Operations. Previously, Kathleen held positions with Merck as the VP Franchise Head of Operations and with Teva as the VP Head of US Operations. She has additional experience and expertise in start-ups/shutdowns of operations in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Kathleen is currently a Manufacturing Advisory Board Member for Gilead Sciences.

Kathleen has extensive global leadership experience in Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Biotech, Medical Device and OTC technical operations, manufacturing and supply chain. She has a proven track record of success in managing a broad range of multi-million-dollar operations in both Branded and Generic Pharmaceuticals and transforming Clinical/Development start-ups to Commercial manufacturing operations.

Kathleen holds an MBA from Fordham University and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering from Michigan State University.


Warren Pefley - CCO

Warren Pefley joined Virtus in January 2016 and is the Chief Commercial Officer. Warren is responsible for the Sales Team, Customer Service, Marketing and Product Management, Contracts and Pricing, Demand Planning and Customer Forecast. Previously, Warren held positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sandoz and Qualitest (now Par Pharmaceuticals).

Warren has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry having held positions in Sales, Sales Management, Product Strategy and Customer Marketing, gaining expertise with oral dose and hospital injectable products across the continuum of customers in the U.S.

Warren holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.


Timothy Wheeler - VP, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs

Timothy Wheeler joined Virtus in January 2018 and is the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. Tim is responsible for all regulatory affiars, quality assurance and compliance activities for the company and its contract partners. Previously, Tim was the Senior Director of Quality Operations at West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Corporation (now Hikma) in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Tim has extensive experience in domestic and international quality assurance and regulatory affairs including long-term expatriate assignments.

Tim holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut.