Richard M. Scruggs
President and Chief Executive Officer, Salient Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Scruggs has an extensive background in starting and developing companies. In 1996, he started Align Solutions Corp., which went public in 1999 as part of Luminant Worldwide. In 1999, Align was recognized as No. 1 on the Houston 100, a list of the area’s fastest growing private companies. Ernst & Young also recognized Mr. Scruggs as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999. In addition to Align, he has served as director of Texas A&M University’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship and in leadership positions with Andersen Consulting, BSG Alliance/IT and Perot Systems. Currently, Mr. Scruggs serves on the board and advisory board of the Houston Technology Center and the boards of multiple early-stage companies. He is a past president and director of the Houston Angel Network. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Texas A&M University.