Aranthan Jones
Aranthan "AJ" Jones II

Aranthan “AJ” Jones II, who was global head of public affairs for BCW, has joined Vanda Pharmaceuticals as chief corporate affairs and communications officer at the biopharmaceutical company.

Prior to joining BCW in 2018, Jones was chief of staff & chief policy & communications officer at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, head of worldwide government affairs at Gilead Sciences and healthcare practice chairman at Podesta Group.

Vanda also recruited Joakim Wijkstrom, a veteran of Perry Ellis, One Main Financial, TBWA Chiat Day and BBDO. for the chief marketing position.

Jones and Wijkstrom report to CEO Mihael H. Polymeropoulos.

Vanda, which is developing treatments for jet lag disorder and motion sickness, registered $107M in first-half revenues and $10.9M in profit.

Based in DC, the company's shares trade on the NASDAQ.