Thad Huston

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Thad Huston is a senior healthcare executive with extensive global financial, commercial, business development, and operational experience. Thad joined Galapagos in June 2023 as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and member of the Executive Committee.

He previously served a Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Operations of Kite Pharma, a Gilead Company, where he was responsible for all financial aspects of the market leading cell therapy business worldwide. He was also a member of the Kite Leadership Team, the Gilead CFO Leadership Teams and the Fosun-Kite Board.

Before joining Kite in 2021, Thad served as Chief Financial Officer at LivaNova PLC, a medical device company specializing in cardiovascular and neuromodulation products, where he played a key role in external R&D innovation and M&A and led the global, cross-functional teams across the group.
Prior to LivaNova, he spent over 25 years in leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which included roles as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of J&J Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Chief Financial Officer of J&J’s Global Surgery and Medical Devices groups managing up to $21 billion in annual revenue, and President of Xian-Janssen, leading J&J’s pharmaceutical division in China. Before that, he held senior financial roles at various J&J locations in the U.S., Belgium, Russia, and Hungary.

Thad is passionate about delivering results by transforming businesses to accelerate internal and external innovation to make a real difference for patients around the world.