Simon S. Higginbotham has been promoted to the role of president at Kendle. Chris Bergen, who previously had served as president and chief operating officer, will continue to serve in the latter role. Mr. Higginbotham will provide global leadership for worldwide customer and business expansion to include strategic customer relations and new market opportunities. Alan J. Boyce will assume his previous role of vice president and chief marketing officer. Mr. Boyce served as Kendle's vice president, Global Clinical Development – Europe and Africa from 2003 to 2007. In his new role he will provide global leadership for the company's new business development and marketing initiatives.
"As we embark on the next stage of our corporate growth, it is imperative we have the dedicated leadership strength in place to support our needs as a larger global organization," said Candace Kendle, Pharm.D., the company's chairman and chief executive officer. "Simon Higginbotham is a proven leader within Kendle and has been a key member of our executive team since joining the company in 2004. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and customer focus and has delivered exceptional results across his tenure with our company, guiding our global sales organization to record results. We are extremely pleased to announce his promotion to this new leadership role and look forward to his continued contributions to our organization." Mr. Higginbotham has more than 20 years' experience in senior leadership positions in the CRO and biopharmaceutical industries. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO).
Dr. Kendle continued, "We also are pleased to announce the return of Alan Boyce to Kendle. Alan has an in-depth understanding of the Kendle organization and our customers and we look forward to his leadership as we continue to focus on delivering best-in-class clinical development solutions." Mr. Boyce most recently was Chief Operating Officer for Synexus. He also spent 18 years in senior sales and marketing roles with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals.