People Spotlight — July 2023

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The latest people news happenings over the past month.

Mary Rose Burnham, PhD

Mary Rose Burnham, PhD

FourKites, a supply chain visibility platform company, has expanded its leadership team with two executives: Bo Tao, PhD, will become CTO and Manik Mair was brought on asSVP of corporate growth. Tao will drive product innovation across FourKites’ technology portfolio with a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, as well as customer-led product growth. He is an experienced engineering leader and an industry veteran, having worked in the logistics and software industry for over 20 years. As for Mair, he will be responsible for defining and implementing FourKites’ corporate growth agenda across all domains, functions, and regions. An experienced software executive and business strategist, Mair was most recently the global VP, head of GTM strategy, at Ceridian, where he helped define and implement the go-to-market strategy across all regions, offerings and channels.

Beghou Consulting, a life science advising agency that operates in the pharmaceutical sector, has added Christopher Blanco to the team as its CFO and Jeffrey Klug as its COO. Blanco and Klug are expected to play key roles as Beghou expands and strengthens the global resources and capabilities it deploys to support emerging pharmaceutical companies’ commercial efforts.

Knipper Health, a healthcare solutions company serving the pharma, biotech, and medical device industries, has appointed William Fletcher as its senior director, traceability and electronic client communications. Fletcher is an experienced executive with a 41-plus year history in the life sciences industry, with leadership roles in pharma and biotech packaging and labeling, research and development, warehousing, distribution and medical devices. His previous roles have included CTO, director of development, product director and program director for software, hardware and online solutions in life sciences.

MG America, the US subsidiary of MG2 of Bologna, Italy and a supplier of processing and packaging equipment, has hired longtime manufacturing machinery professional Jim McKee as sales manager for its processing division. In this role, McKee will spearhead North American sales efforts for the company’s portfolio of capsule filling, material handling and check-weighing equipment. He brings more than two decades of equipment sales expertise to MG America, including a nine-year stint with the company earlier in his career.

Greater Than One, a marketing agency focused on healthcare, has appointed Mary Rose Burnham, PhD, as EVP, brand & medical strategy. She will be responsible for overseeing the partnership of brand and medical strategists on each of Greater Than One’s accounts.

Rentschler Biopharma SE, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for biopharmaceuticals, announced the appointment of Dominik Kugelstadt, PhD as head of clinical and commercial manufacturing, Laupheim. He will be responsible for all areas of production, while reporting to Laupheim’s site head as a member of the Laupheim site leadership team. With his extensive experience in the manufacture of complex biologics and comprehensive knowledge of production management, Kugelstadt will play a role in ensuring the quality of Rentschler Biopharma’s service offering and expanding its portfolio.

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) introduced two hires to its organization: Jonathan D. Campbell, PhD, MS, and Michael Pratt. Campbell has been appointed NPC’s chief science officer. He will direct NPC’s research portfolio, which is aimed at helping decision-makers navigate health policy issues related to the development and use of biopharmaceuticals to improve the health of patients. Meanwhile, Pratt, a veteran health policy communications leader, has been appointed chief communications officer for NPC. Prior to joining NPC, he was senior group director for policy, advocacy, and government communications at Real Chemistry, a data and AI solutions company.

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