Board of Directors
David Y. Norton - Chairman of the Board
David Norton is an independent director and has served as a member of our Board since February 2015. Mr. Norton is the chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Norton is a 40-year veteran in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from February 2012 to July 2012. Prior to that, he was Company Group Chairman, Global Pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson from May 2009 to September 2011. In this role, he was responsible for leading and developing the company’s strategic growth agenda, including the strategy for licensing, acquisitions and divestments, and ensuring alignment with the global strategic functions, R&D and the commercial organizations. Mr. Norton began his Johnson & Johnson career in 1979 as a Product Manager for the company’s affiliate Janssen Pharmaceutica in Australia and during his tenure held a number of positions, including Company Group Chairman, Worldwide Commercial and Operations, CNS/Internal Medicine franchise; Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceutical Group, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, North America. Mr. Norton currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of VIVUS, Inc., the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a Senior Advisor to Tapestry Networks Boston/London. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Savient Pharmaceuticals from October 2011 to December 2013. Savient Pharmaceuticals filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2013. Mr. Norton has a Marketing degree from the College of Distributive Trades, London and Preston Polytechnic, Preston, U.K. and a degree in Computer Programming Technology from Control Data Institute in Sydney, Australia.
We believe Mr. Norton’s global and therapeutic experience in successfully growing Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals group and his insights into the wider drug development community will be a significant benefit to the Board as we continue to expand our customer relationships globally.
Robert W. Breckon - Director
Robert Breckon is an independent director and has served as a member of our Board since September 2010. Mr. Breckon is a member of the audit committee. Mr. Breckon currently serves as President of Breckon Consultants Inc., which provides consulting services in the healthcare sector, and has been a Senior Advisor to Teachers’ Private Capital, (“Teachers”) since July 2010. He also served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at MDS Inc., a leading provider of products and services to the global life sciences markets now known as Nordion Inc., from 2005 to 2010, where he led acquisitions and post-acquisition integration assignments in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to that, he held various senior-level general management positions including VP and General Manager of AutoLab Systems from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Breckon has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies in the United States and Canada, including Heartland Dental, Xenogen Corporation, Evolved Digital Systems Inc., Systems Xcellence Inc., Automed Systems, Inc., InPhact Inc., MDS Proteomics, Hudson Valley Laboratories and Careforce International. Mr. Breckon received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Commerce from the University of Toronto and has completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
We believe Mr. Breckon’s financial, accounting, acquisition and business experience in the health and life sciences industry, and experience serving on public and private boards brings to our Board important skills and qualify him to serve as one of our directors. For these reasons, Mr. Breckon is well-qualified to serve on the Board and its committees.
David F. Burgstahler - Director
David Burgstahler is an independent director and has served as a member of our Board since August 2010 and is a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Burgstahler is the President and Co-Managing Partner of Avista and the Chief Executive Officer of Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp. He was a founding partner of Avista since 2005 and since 2009, has been President of Avista. Prior to forming Avista, he was a partner of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He was at DLJ Investment Banking from 1995 to 1997 and at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners from 1997 through 2005. Prior to that, he worked at Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) and McDonnell Douglas (now known as Boeing). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a Director of ACP Mountain Holdings, Inc., Avista Healthcare Public Acquisition Corp., Lantheus Holdings Inc., Osmotica Holdings Corp. and WideOpenWest, LLC. He previously served as a Director of BioReliance Holdings, Inc., ConvaTec Group plc, and Warner Chilcott plc.
We believe Mr. Burgstahler’s extensive finance and management background, with over 20 years in banking and finance, and his experience serving as a director for a diverse group of private and public companies, brings to our Board important skills. For these reasons, Mr. Burgstahler is well-qualified to serve on the Board and its committees.
Linda Harty - Director
Linda Harty is an independent director who joined our Board in March 2017, and is a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Harty serves as Vice President, Treasurer of Medtronic, a global company specializing in medical technology, services and solutions. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to her time at Cardinal, she held financial leadership positions at RTM Restaurant Group, BellSouth, ConAgra and Kimberly-Clark. Ms. Harty earned her undergraduate degrees in finance and economics from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and furthered her studies in accounting at Georgia State University. Ms. Harty is on the Board of Directors at Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ms. Harty is also on the Board of Directors of Wabtec Corporation, a leading supplier of value-added technology-based products and services for freight rail, passenger transit and select industrial markets, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee.
We believe Ms. Harty’s extensive global experience in senior finance and accounting leadership positions across a variety of industries brings to our Board important skills and ability to provide insights regarding finance-related activities. For these reasons, Ms. Harty is well-qualified to serve on the Board and its committees.
Richard N. Kender - Director
Richard Kender is an independent director and has served as a member of our Board since December 2014. Mr. Kender is a member of the audit committee. Mr. Kender is a 35-year veteran in the pharmaceutical industry and spent his entire career at Merck & Co., Inc. Mr. Kender worked across the business in such areas as accounting, finance and business development, holding roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Licensing from 2000 until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Kender graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and earned his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
We believe Mr. Kender’s longstanding career in the pharmaceutical industry, including various leadership roles in accounting and finance, along with his global business development and public company board experience, will be a significant benefit to our Board as our Company continues to grow its global customer base and strengthen its accounting and financial controls.
Willian E. Klitgaard - Director
William Klitgaard is an independent director who joined our Board in March 2017, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Klitgaard currently serves on the Board of Directors at Liaison Technologies, a private company that provides cloud data brokerage services. He also serves on the Enterprise Business Unit Advisory Board for Synchronoss, a global leader in managed mobility solutions for Service Providers and Enterprise, and is a professional consultant in the IT industry. Mr. Klitgaard served as President of Enlighten Health, a division of LabCorp that focuses on innovation and creation of new information-based services utilizing core assets of LabCorp and Covance. Previously, he spent 19 years at Covance, one of the world’s largest contract research organizations, where he served for three years as Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer and nearly twelve years as Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his time at Covance, Mr. Klitgaard held finance leadership positions at Kenetech Corporation and Consolidated Freightways, Inc. Mr. Klitgaard completed his undergraduate studies in economics at the University of California at Berkeley, followed by his master’s degree at the Sloan Management School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.We believe Mr. Klitgaard’s experience in the CRO industry, including his experience in finance and information technology brings to our Board skills that are critical to our business and an understanding of the industry as we continue to expand globally.
Alistair Macdonald - Director
Alistair Macdonald has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since October 2016. He joined our Company in 2002 and has served in various senior leadership roles during that time. Prior to his current role, Mr. Macdonald most recently served as our President from January 2015 to October 2016 and as Chief Operating Officer from January 2013 to October 2016. He also served as President, Clinical Development Services from March 2012 to January 2013, Executive Vice President of our Global Oncology Unit from February 2011 to March 2012, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development from October 2009 to February 2011, and Senior Vice President, Biometrics from May 2002 to September 2009. He received his Master of Science in Environmental Diagnostics from Cranfield University.
We believe Mr. Macdonald brings to our Board valuable perspective and experience as our Chief Executive Officer, and as a former Chief Operating Officer of our Company, as well as extensive knowledge of the CRO and biopharmaceutical industries, all of which qualify him to serve as one of our directors.
Kenneth F. Meyers - Director
Kenneth F Meyers is an independent director who joined our Board in October 2016 and is Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Meyers currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hill-Rom, a global medical technology company, a position he has held since 2015. He previously held the same role at Hospira, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of generic injectable pharmaceuticals, biosimilars and medical devices, from 2008 until its acquisition by Pfizer, Inc. into 2015. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Meyers was a partner with Mercer/Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development. He also has served in senior human resources roles for Starbucks Coffee International, The Gymboree Corporation, Walt Disney Imagineering, and United Technologies Corporation.
Mr. Meyers serves on the Board of Directors for Elyssa’s Mission, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing teen suicide. He also is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee for The Henry P. Kendall Foundation, an organization working to create healthy and sustainable food systems in New England. Mr. Meyers holds a bachelor’s degree with dual majors in International Business and Human Resource Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
We believe Mr. Meyers’ direct knowledge of the challenges associated with building a global workforce in the biopharmaceutical industry from an HR perspective will be invaluable to INC as we continue to expand worldwide and focus on being the ‘CRO of Choice’ for customers, employees and other stakeholders alike.
Matthew E. Monaghan - Director
Matthew E. Monaghan is an independent director who joined our Board in October 2016 and is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Monaghan currently serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive officer of Invacare Corporation, a medical device manufacturer for the home and long-term healthcare markets. He joined the company in April 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer and was named Chairman of the Board in May 2015. Mr. Monaghan previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Hips and Reconstructive Research for Zimmer Holdings, Inc., a global company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopedic reconstructive, spinal and trauma devices, dental implants, and related surgical products from 2014 to 2015. He also served as Vice President and General Manager, Global Hips Business at Zimmer from 2009 through 2013. Mr. Monaghan also has served as Operating Executive for Texas Pacific Group from 2006 to 2009 and at Cerberus Capital Management from 2003-2005. He started his career in the aerospace, medical and other industrial businesses of General Electric.
Mr. Monaghan is a trustee of Cleveland Clinic Avon Lake Hospital. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
We believe Mr. Monaghan’s nearly three decades of medical device development, operating management for private equity investors, and manufacturing will be exceptionally valuable as we continue to develop INC’s capabilities in this important area.
Eric P. Pâques - Director
Eric Pâques is an independent director who joined our Board in February 2017. Mr. Pâques is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Proteros Biostructure GmbH in Munich (Germany). He is also a professor at the faculty for mathematics, informatics, and natural sciences at RWTH-AACHEN University in Germany. Mr. Pâques previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of GRÜNENTHAL GROUP. Mr. Pâques started his career at Hoechst AG (later HMR and Aventis) before joining GRÜNENTHAL GROUP, a research-based family owned pharmaceutical company, in 1994. During his career, he has held leadership positions in various areas of the organization, including Research & Development, M&A, and Licensing among others. Mr. Pâques completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry, followed by his doctoral thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany and the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
We believe Mr. Pâques’ multi-faceted career in the pharmaceutical industry, including his global experience in pharmaceutical management with specific expertise in both the sciences and finance, will provide insight into this ever-changing industry and will be invaluable to INC as we continue to expand worldwide and focus on being the ‘CRO of Choice’ for customers, employees and other stakeholders alike.