meet the Leadership Team developing clinical trial solutions
Brian Swites | SVP of Clinical Services, Clinigen Group
Brian Swites has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, specializing in global clinical supply chain management. As Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Clinigen Group, Brian oversees global capabilities, strategic partnerships, and ensures overall growth and performance goals are being met. This role is crucial in supporting future growth, which includes expanding our innovative offerings and opening multiple locations throughout the world.
Prior to joining CSM , 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. Brian joined the CSM team in January 2015 and has since held a series of leadership roles, most recently serving as US President.
Rüdiger Weber | EU President
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 EU President 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.
Megan Hoppel | Vice President, Corporate Finance
Megan Hoppel has 25 years of experience providing financial and accounting services in a broad range of industries. She joined the CSM team in 2016 as the financial controller and has played an integral role in acquisitions and integrations during her first two years with the company. As the Vice President of Corporate Finance, she oversees the global financial operations of the company.
Prior to CSM, Megan spent eight years as the Corporate Controller of R2C Group, a privately-held advertising agency headquartered in Portland, OR. She is a Certified Public Accountant who began her career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche in Philadelphia. Megan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
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).
Benoit Cloquet | Vice President Operational Systems
Benoit Cloquet has over 27 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical services industry. He established the logistics operations of two leading central laboratories and was Worldwide Discipline Director of Logistics for the clinical trials division of the Laboratory Corporation of America. He has extensive experience in the harmonization of logistic processes between operations in different continents. Before the acquisition of B&C Group by CSM, Benoit was COO and board member of the company. He combined this function with the role of project leader for the development and implementation of an ERP system specifically dedicated to the Drug Development and Clinical Trials Logistics.
As Vice President Operational Systems, Benoit brings his operational and systems expertise to CSM and will focus on the implementation of global tools throughout the different locations of the company in the US and in Europe.
Benoit is a Certified Logistics Auditor and graduated Cum Laude with a Master in Business Administration, International relations and Diplomacy from the EHSAL in Brussels.
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.