Executive Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn is an accomplished leader with diverse experience working across a range of industries for global private and public companies from small to large in scale. Prior to joining LabConnect, Dawn held various leadership positions in companies such as ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Medco Health Solutions, and Hay Group.  In addition to serving as LabConnect’s CEO, she serves on several boards within the life sciences focused on services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. Dawn attended college at Miami University in Ohio and completed her graduate degree at NYU.

Chief Operating Officer, General Manager Americas

Barry is an accomplished, hands-on leader who has successfully led teams, departments, and regions for both a global central laboratory and CRO. Over his career, Barry has held a variety of roles progressing from clinical research associate (CRA), country manager of North America and senior executive director of clinical operations at Chiltern. As part of the leadership team, Barry helped grow CTMS, a CRO with 100 employees, through its acquisition by Chiltern, a global CRO with 4,300 employees operating in 46 countries. While at LabConnect, Barry has held multiple senior roles including Senior Vice President Operations and COO, and has been instrumental in leading the significant growth and global expansion of LabConnect.  His professional passions include leadership development, process improvement and supporting client partnerships. Barry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Virginia College at Wise and an MBA from King University.

Chief Financial Officer

Brian is an experienced global finance executive with over 30 years of professional services experience including 22 years in the Life Sciences Industry. Brian previously served as CFO for Worldwide Clinical Trials which followed two decades at PPD where he held senior leadership positions in global finance and accounting. Brian’s experience in helping companies succeed during periods of hypergrowth is invaluable as LabConnect continues its strong growth momentum. Brian holds an MBA, MS in Tax Accounting and BS in Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chief Information Officer

Dale brings over 40 years of Information Technology professional experience across a variety of industries, from defense and semiconductor manufacturing to healthcare commercial and clinical laboratories. Dale is responsible for all technology initiatives, overall direction for the company’s technology products, and for application development processes companywide. Prior to LabConnect, he served as Chief Information Officer at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, a large Commercial and Hospital based Laboratory in the Northwest, which LabCorp acquired. Dale has also held a variety of leadership roles at Carilion Clinic Laboratories, which Quest acquired, and TriCore Reference Laboratories.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Debra is responsible for developing and executing people-centered strategies to support LabConnect’s success. She previously served as Corporate Vice President, North America for DiaSorin where she was responsible for the strategic direction and execution of all Human Resource programs. Debra has held global leadership roles within biotechnology, healthcare, and service industries including Amplifon Americas, 3M HIS, and GE Capital IT Solutions. She is a Senior Professional (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management and Strategic Human Resource Leadership from Cornell University.

Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Dennis is responsible for internal projects that drive continuous improvement in support of LabConnect’s leadership in providing central lab services. Dennis brings more than 20 years of international pharma-related experience to the team and has held a variety of leadership roles at ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Medco Health Solutions, and Hay Group. His business experience includes enterprise project management, business development, client services/operations, integration management, and survey research. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Jean Marie
Senior Vice President Marketing

Jean Marie is a strategic marketing leader with extensive global experience supporting a range of industries from life sciences, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, and telecommunications. Over her career, Jean Marie has held various leadership positions for public and private companies such as ProPharma Group, EnvisionRxOptions (Rite-Aid), Medco Health Solutions, Verizon, British Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent. Jean Marie has an MBA from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Telecommunications and French from State University of New York in Albany.

Chief Development Officer

As one of LabConnect’s founding partners, Jeff brings more than 30 years of global leadership experience in operations and business development across the pharmaceutical research, and health care industries. Jeff is responsible for the ongoing development of LabConnect’s global partnerships and capabilities. Prior to LabConnect, Jeff was Founder and Director of Nexus Health Management International, where he was involved in the development of inpatient behavioral health services in Southeast Asia. Previously, he served as Vice President of Strategic Alliance Development for Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Vice President of Operations/ Development at Option Care, Inc. and Franchise Operations Manager for Medicine Shoppe International. Jeff earned his BA in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Van Kempen
General Manager Europe

Marc is an experienced healthcare executive with a track record of defining and monetizing global and European growth strategies across the pharmaceutical and digital health industries. He’s held leadership roles in several global and European companies such as Merck/MSD, Express Scripts, Teva Pharmaceuticals, ProPharma Group, and Qualizorg BV. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Marc was also appointed as a Member and Open Innovation in Science Expert (IOS) at the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

Chief Financial Officer, Americas

Susanne brings over 20 years of financial and clinical trial experience from having held leadership positions at top global CROs, PRA and WCT, as well as CFO at Atlantic Research Group. Her broad range of know-how includes oversight of the contract process, development of resource management tools, study costing, project financial metrics and the ability to lead finance teams to successfully support the business. Prior to joining LabConnect, Susanne worked within the finance, legal, and proposal areas for medium-large sized CROs. Susanne earned her MBA from St. John’s University and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University.

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