meet the Leadership Team developing clinical trial solutions

Peter Belden

Peter Belden | EVP of Clinical Services, Clinigen Group

Peter Belden is an executive leader specializing in transforming international healthcare service businesses, with a strong track record of driving innovation, expansion and growth. He has significant experience in the acquisition and integration of international growth businesses and forming effective long-term partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers.

In his previous roles, Peter has been responsible for delivering sustained revenue and profit growth in outsourced pharmaceutical services including packaging, labeling, sourcing, and logistics. Most recently, he was President of Integrated Commercial Solutions, a market leading pharma services and solutions business within AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC), where he had full P&L responsibility. Prior to this, Peter was Vice President and General Manager at PCI Pharma Services, where he led business integration activities. He received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Strategic Management from DePaul University.

Brian Swites

Brian Swites | SVP US

Brian Swites has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, specializing in global clinical supply chain management. As SVP US, Brian oversees the US capabilities, strategic partnerships, and ensures overall growth and performance goals are being met.

Prior to joining CSM in 2015, which later became part of Clinigen Group, Brian held various management positions during his 13 years at Cephalon, Inc./Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd. He received his Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Rüdiger Weber

Rüdiger Weber | SVP / General Manager EU

Rüdiger Weber looks back on more than 25 years of experience in contract packaging and distribution of investigational medicinal products. Rüdiger is a pharmacist by training and since 1995 registered as Qualified Person (QP) at the German Health Authority. He is member of the European Qualified Person Association.

As the SVP / General Manager of CSM Europe, Rüdiger leads the European operations for CSM.

Rüdiger joined CSM in 2016 to lead the German CSM - Clinical Supplies Management site as General Manager, via the acquisition of Theorem Clinical Research where he headed the Clinical Supplies department since 1997 and became General Manager for the German Theorem Clinical Research CRO unit in 2009. Prior to that Rüdiger held a similar appointment for another CRO. He received his Pharmacist´s degree from Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany.

David Fontaine

David Fontaine | Vice President Global Marketing and Sales

David Fontaine brings about 20 years of experience in business development to the CSM team. As the Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, Fontaine leads the sales and marketing team at CSM Europe and the US.

Prior to the acquisition of B&C Group by CSM, David was Chief Business Development Officer at B&C Group for about two years where he helped build the business into a leading global clinical service provider with operations in the US and Europe. Prior to that, David spent about five years as Managing Director and co-founder of a renewable energy business company. Past roles include over eight years with GSK Vaccines where he was in charge of R&D Partnering and Licensing and four years of business development with biotech companies, Rhein Biotech, and Berna Biotech.  

David is originally from Belgium and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the ESEJ Business College (Belgium) and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Maastricht University (The Netherlands).


Sarah Halmrast

Sarah Halmrast Vice President Global Project Management

Sarah Halmrast has 20 years of experience in Project Management, the majority of that time in clinical supplies. She initially joined CSM in 2000 as a Pharmacy Technician and held various roles within the company before becoming the Vice President, Global Project Management in 2018.

Sarah leads the Project Management departments in the US and the EU. Her role is critical to ensure harmonization of practices for clients to experience the same service levels regardless of their geographical location.

Sarah has a Pharmacy Technician degree from North Dakota State College of Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Mary.