SVP & Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Astle joined Zymeworks in April 2021 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Zymeworks, Dr. Astle worked as a Chief Financial Officer at the CFO Centre in British Columbia, Canada from March 2020 to March 2021, and as Vice President, Finance at Alder BioPharmaceuticals Inc. in Seattle, Washington from April 2019 to February 2020. From August 2017 to January 2020, he served as Chief Executive Officer and founder of Think Forwards, a boutique financial consulting firm in London, UK. Dr. Astle worked at Allergan from 2011 to 2017, including as the Associate Vice President Finance, International Division from July 2016 to July 2017, managing multiple product launches, M&A transactions and restructurings, with a team of 170 across 60 countries. He is a UK Chartered Accountant (ICAS), qualifying at PwC London, UK in Audit & Pharmaceutical Performance Improvement Consulting with audit clients including GSK. Dr. Astle serves as a member of the board of directors of two private biotechnology companies, Oak Bay Biosciences (2020-present) and Healome Therapeutics (2021-present). During his time in the UK, he was the Chair of the 2018 CFO Agenda conference, guest lecturer at the Henley Business School, and judge at the British Accountancy Awards. Dr. Astle holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bristol (UK) and a MChem in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool (UK) and is also a certified ski instructor.