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Richard Bagger is executive vice president of corporate affairs and market access for Celgene Corporation, a multinational biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, development and commercialization of treatments for cancer and severe, immune-inflammatory conditions. Before joining Celgene, Bagger served for two years as chief of staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, responsible for managing implementation of the Governor's policy agenda and priorities. After leaving state government, he was appointed by Governor Christie to be a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he serves as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Previously, Bagger was employed by Pfizer Inc. for more than 16 years in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within the company's U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Corporate Affairs and Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Divisions. From 2006 to 2009, he served on Pfizer's senior most management team as senior vice president, worldwide public affairs and policy. Prior to joining Pfizer in 1993, Bagger was assistant general counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey, and before that practiced law with McCarter & English. His public service includes ten years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he was chairman of the Appropriations Committee and was elected by his colleagues as majority conference leader. In 2001, Bagger was elected to the New Jersey Senate, where he served until 2003. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a councilman and mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.

Bagger serves non-profit organizations in a number of capacities, including as a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National September 11 Memorial and Museum and National Pharmaceutical Council. He also serves on advisory boards for the Lerner Center at the Rutgers Business School, the Regional Plan Association and Overlook Hospital. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.