David Simmons joined PPD in June 2012 to serve as chairman and chief executive officer. In this role, he establishes and supports the strategic direction of PPD and leads its global workforce of more than 18,500 employees, across 46 countries, in the design, implementation and execution of drug development programs on behalf of its biopharmaceutical clients.
A proven leader, Simmons came to PPD following 15 years with Pfizer Inc. In his most recent position, he was president and general manager of the emerging markets and established products business units. Previously, Simmons served as regional president for Pfizer’s Eastern Europe pharmaceutical division; president of its pharmaceutical division in Greece; and vice president of marketing in Canada. Simmons began his career as a software engineer in the steel industry, where he spent 10 years advancing his career to management positions before transitioning to pharmaceuticals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Simmons serves as a director of Owens & Minor, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides distribution and other supply-chain management services to health care providers and suppliers of medical and surgical products. He also is a trustee of the Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a member of the business board of advisors to the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
David is Conference Co-chair for CED Life Science Conference 2017