Akorn, Inc. (AKN) Appoints Greg Lawless As Chief Human Resources Officer

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Jan. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akorn, Inc. (Nasdaq:AKRX), a leading specialty generic pharmaceutical company, today announced that Gregory P. Lawless joined Akorn as Chief Human Resources Officer on January 18, 2016.

Mr. Lawless joins Akorn from The Kraft Heinz Company, where he served most recently as Vice President, Human Resources over his 13 years at the company. In his most recent role at Kraft Heinz, Mr. Lawless was responsible for human resources needs for the company's Global Operations organization. Mr. Lawless began his distinguished career in human resources at Philip Morris USA. Mr. Lawless holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Colby College.

"Greg is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in human resources at Fortune 500 companies and we are pleased to bring his skills and background to Akorn to lead our global HR team," said Raj Rai, Akorn's Chief Executive Officer. "I look forward to Greg's leadership and contributions to support our global workforce and growth initiatives."

About Akorn

Akorn, Inc. is a specialty generic pharmaceutical company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of multisource and branded pharmaceuticals. Akorn has manufacturing facilities located in Decatur, Illinois; Somerset, New Jersey; Amityville, New York; Hettlingen, Switzerland and Paonta Sahib, India where the Company manufactures ophthalmic, injectable and specialty sterile and non-sterile pharmaceuticals. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.akorn.com.

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Investors/Media: Dewey Steadman Executive Director, Investor Relations (847) 582-6923 investor.relations@akorn.com