Gastrointestinal healthcare company Ironwood Pharmaceuticals named John Minardo as senior vice president, chief legal officer.

Minardo will oversee the company’s corporate legal, compliance, and IP teams and report to CEO Thomas McCourt. He brings 20 years of legal experience within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries spanning complex business transactions, regulatory matters, integrity and compliance, privacy, risk management, corporate governance, litigation, intellectual property, employment, antitrust, and marketing activities.

Minardo previously was vice president, general counsel and a member of the executive leadership team at Seqirus. Before that, he was vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Novartis Influenza Vaccines. Other experience includes serving as head of legal for the North American business unit of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.

He began his career as a litigator at Kaye Scholer in New York City.