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Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Research Organization

Cornerstone Search Group has been retained by a stable and growing multi-billion-dollar Healthcare Company that is expanding and building its own Clinical Research Organization.   The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will report directly to the Chairman.  The CEO will have the responsibility of building the Clinical Research Organization (CRO) from the ground floor to include internal study expansion in the US market.  The CEO will have primary responsibility for hiring a team of approximately 20-30 Clinical Trial/Program/Operations professionals, developing business and operational strategy/goals and collaborating cross-functionally with critical internal stakeholders.  The CRO business will initially have primary responsibility for internal studies with the longer-term development of the CRO to include external growth.


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required while an advanced scientific degree is preferred.
  • 15+ years of expertise in Clinical Research Organization, Pharmaceutical and/or Biotechnology Clinical Operations/Trial Management.
  • 10+ years of expertise in senior/executive-level leadership within the CRO Industry.
  • Oversight and ownership of CRO operations, strategy and business planning.
  • Ability to develop cross-functional relationships with other executive leaders within the organization.
  • Extensive team and people management experience.
  • Desire and confidence to build and grow the business from the ground floor.
  • Ability to lead in an efficient, timely, accountable and performance-based manner.
  • Ability to travel as needed both within the US and globally.


  • Build from scratch: Our client is looking for a CEO that has a vision, strategy and plan in mind to grow the CRO from the ground floor. You will create the blueprint and have ownership across the growth of the business.
  • Best of both worlds environment: As the CEO and first employee, this is truly a ground-floor opportunity. You will have creative freedom, flexibility and will operate in a nimble setting.  Our client is a multi-billion-dollar organization, so they are also very stable and have the resources needed to build this CRO.  You won’t have to waste your time fundraising; they want you to grow the company from day one.
  • Report to an empowering Chairman: The hiring manager and Chairman is someone that empowers his people. They are looking for someone engaged and passionate about building this business.
  • This isn’t a “BD” role: Our client is not looking for someone to immediately bring in external business.  This role will initially be internally facing as they have many clinical trials in development.  In other words, they aren’t looking for a rainmaker; they want someone that knows how to build a successful CRO.
  • Flexible Location: While our client has an east coast location, they are open to growing the business within another region or remotely.


In summary, the CEO will have primary responsibility across the CRO to include ownership of business plans, operations, strategy, finances, team growth, people management, SOPs, performance metrics, cross-functional collaboration, and future plans for external development.

  • Responsible for building the CRO from the ground floor to develop oversight and vision in establishing the CRO’s business, strategic, operational and growth plans.
  • Establish and execute both short and long-range business goals, strategies, plans, policies and mission/core values designed to accommodate the growth objectives and vision of the CRO.
  • Build scalable operations and the methods and metrics to plan, forecast, and track them.
  • Leadership and oversight of daily operations for Clinical Operations, Trial Management and Project Management across all staff.
  • Build relationships and successfully collaborate with internal cross-functional teams/stakeholders/leaders and complimentary external vendors.
  • Oversight across the development and implementation of company-wide systems, processes, SOPs and project management tools.
  • Management of budget and forecasting reviews and support the achievement of overall financial goals.
  • Evaluation of project team performance, including, but not limited to compliance with GCPs and ICH guidelines, federal and local regulations, and customer standards.
  • Leadership and allocation of staff across the organization, retention of employees and the hiring of new staff to support growth.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with customers, vendors, executive management, and investigator sites.
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with external partners such as senior drug development experts, patient advocacy groups, key opinion leaders, site networks, key vendors and other professional organizations.
  • Responsible for future external growth of the CRO.
  • Foster a success-oriented environment within the company holding his/herself and others to the highest ethical standards.


Thomas Fascia
Thomas J. Fascia Email: tfascia@cornerstonesg.com Phone: 973-656-0220x717 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasfascia
Cornerstone Search Group, LLC
350 Main Street | Chatham, New Jersey 07928, USA

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