Joseph Spagnardi is being promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Inspire Pharmaceuticals as of March 2.

Spagnardi replace Barry Pea, who is resigning to pursue other opportunities, the company said. Spagnardi is currently vice president and deputy general counsel.

Before joining Inspire, Spagnardi was an executive with GlaxoSmithKline. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.