When you get the opportunity to host the former executive vice president/president of global commercial solutions for Quintiles Transnational Corporation, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services – you welcome it.

And when you consider the executive’s experience with the Fortune 500 company includes a network of more than 30,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries – it’s icing on the cake.

Richard Pilnik, Chairman of the Board of Diamedica, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of diabetes, will speak in the fourth installment of this year’s B&E Distinguished Speaker Series at West Virginia University, hosted by the College of Business & Economics. The event will be held Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pilnik’s 30-plus year career has been truly global in scope. He has held various management positions in Brazil, Venezuela, the UK and the U.S. He retired this year from Quintiles Transnational, a global leader in outsourcing services to the pharmaceutical industry, where he served for five years.

Prior to that, Pilnik worked at Eli Lilly and Company for 25 years. He retired in 2008 with the title of Group Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Pilnik holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and earned his MBA in marketing and strategic planning from Northwestern University. He is past Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers Association’s Latin America Committee and the European Executive Committee and member of the Council of America’s Advisory Board. He was also a board member for Elan Biopharmaceuticals until its recent acquisition by Perrigo.

He currently serves on the Board of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

The B&E Distinguished Speaker Series is presented in part by Wells Fargo. For more information on this event or the WVU College of Business and Economics, visit http://be.wvu.edu.

-WVU-

CONTACT: Patrick Gregg, College of Business and Economics
patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu, 304.293.5131

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