John Shannon

John Shannon

President and Chief Operating Officer
John Shannon currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Xeris Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Shannon has 30+ years of pharmaceutical and healthcare experience with a diverse background in sales, global and US marketing, operations and manufacturing, strategic planning, and business development.

Most recently, Mr. Shannon spent two years as Chief Executive Officer for Catheter Connections, Inc., a company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative vascular access products designed to protect patients from acquiring infections during intravenous infusion therapy. Catheter Connections, Inc. was acquired by Merit Medical in January 2016.

Prior to Catheter Connections, Mr. Shannon spent three years as Chief Commercial Officer for Durata Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of differentiated therapeutic solutions to advance patient care in infectious disease and acute illnesses. Durata was acquired by Actavis (now Allergan) in November 2014. Mr. Shannon spent 10 years (2001–2011) at Baxter Healthcare, where he was General Manager, Global Hemophilia and Global Commercial Excellence; General Manager, US Biopharmaceuticals; Vice President, Marketing US Bioscience; and Vice President, Marketing US Renal. During his time at Baxter, he led the commercialization and drove the growth of two Baxter brands, ADVATE® and GAMMAGARD®, both of which now exceed revenues of $1 billion.

Prior to coming to Baxter, Mr. Shannon was Vice President, Marketing for Caremark. Before that, he was at Searle for 10 years; there, he held several positions, most notably Executive Director, Cardiovascular Global Commercialization, in which he was responsible for the commercial development and marketing of new cardiovascular products worldwide, and Senior Director of Cox-2 Global Commercialization, in which he led the worldwide launch and global marketing of Celebrex®. In addition, he spent 7 years at Bock Pharmacal Company, where he held various positions including Sales Representative, Sales Trainer, Sales Operations, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Business Development.

Mr. Shannon holds a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology from Western Illinois University.