Dublin, Ireland, 14th January, 2013 - ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR; ISIN: IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that Robert L. Howie, Jr. has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer.
Howie is a seasoned executive with a strong background in marketing, business development, market research, publishing and communications. He joins ICON from Palladium Group, Inc., a management consultancy focused on strategy execution. Howie co-founded Palladium with Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton who are world-renowned for the creation of the Balanced Scorecard. In his role as Palladium's Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Howie led the promotion of the Balanced Scorecard to its position as the dominant framework worldwide for executing organisational strategy. Prior to Palladium, Howie held senior management positions at ISS Corporation, DMR Group, Yankee Group, Exxon Office Systems and Houghton Mifflin Company. He holds baccalaureate and master's degrees from Boston College.
"I'm delighted to welcome Rob to ICON," commented Ciaran Murray, CEO, ICON plc. "Rob has demonstrated exemplary marketing leadership and strategy execution in a variety of industries which will be of great benefit to ICON as we look to strengthen our competitive positioning. ICON's brand is built around industry leading insight, world-class innovation and award-winning performance and I look forward to Rob helping us build on these foundations."
About ICON plc
ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. ICON currently has approximately 9,430 employees, operating from 82 locations in 40 countries.
Further information is available at www.iconplc.com