Leading the Charge
Meet Our Best & Brightest
Bringing products to market for patients with rare diseases. Managing quality and regulatory compliance for a global biotech company. Overseeing clinical development for top-flight pharmaceutical companies. These are the back stories of just some of the bright minds you’ll find in the lab, meeting room and, beyond at Dova Pharmaceuticals.
Mark HahnChief Financial Officer
Role at Dova: Partnering with the Board, CEO and rest of the management team to provide strategic and financial leadership to the outstanding team of professionals working to build Dova into a profitable biotech.
Brightest professional “light bulb” moment: For me, my “light bulb” moment was when I realized the importance of stepping back and seeing the big picture. For instance, when it comes to forecasting, I believe it is more important to be “approximately right” than “precisely wrong”.
Greatest accomplishment outside of work: Eagerly taking on new challenges in life and increasing learning. For instance, I took up snowboarding well after 40 and built a home theater in our house – I did everything from framing to electrical to finishing, everything except painting, that is – I don’t paint.
Favorite quote: “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln.
Defining piece of art, media or pop culture: I never really appreciated art, particularly the masters, until a number of years ago when visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and becoming completely captivated by the impact of the individual brush strokes on the overall beauty of the paintings by some of the greats.
What you do when you’re not here: Our children are grown and have long ago moved on pursuing their own adventures – I cherish the time we get to spend together. Also, in the winter, snowboarding!
Education: I have a BBA with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. My greatest education, however, came in the early days of my career with Ernst & Young. There I was exposed to numerous companies at all stages of development in many different industries – each client experience was a case study in the opportunities and challenges faced by businesses and seeing how each management team addressed them was absolutely priceless.