Jennifer Ruddock joined Nektar in 2004 and currently serves as Chief Business Officer, leading the company’s strategic and corporate initiatives. In this role, Ms. Ruddock also oversees and leads investor relations, business development, corporate marketing, corporate and employee communications, and public and government affairs functions. Ms. Ruddock’s professional experience spans over 25 years in biotechnology, technology and finance. Prior to joining Nektar, Ms. Ruddock held leadership roles in investor relations, financial communications, and corporate marketing at multiple public companies, including Catellus Development Corporation (acquired by ProLogis) and Tumbleweed Communications (acquired by Axway). Prior to that, she worked at Montgomery Securities (acquired by Bank of America), a San Francisco-based investment bank which specialized in high technology and healthcare sectors.
Ms. Ruddock began her career in medical device sales at Curtin Matheson Scientific, Inc. (acquired by Fisher Scientific). Ms. Ruddock serves on the Board of Directors of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) and is also a member of the Public Policy Committee of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She is also a board member of the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund, a non-profit providing educational grants to at-risk youth in San Francisco foster care.
Ms. Ruddock received her B.A. degree in neuroscience from Colgate University in 1991.