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PDA Announces Board of Directors Election Results

For Immediate Release:
12/10/2014
Media Inquiries:
Walt Morris
/ morris@pda.org /
301-656-5900, x. 148

Bethesda, Md., December 10, 2014 – The Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) announced today the results of its 2014 Board of Directors election. PDA members voted for four volunteer directors over a period of three months this past fall.

Re-joining the Board for a second three-year term is:

  • Ursula Busse, PhD, Head GxP Regulations Coordination, Group Quality External Relations, Novartis, will "work to strengthen PDA's presence in Europe and other regions of the world."

Joining the Board for a three-year term are:

  • Former FDA official Deborah Autor, Sr. VP, Strategic Global Quality and Regulatory Policy at Mylan, is excited to "help PDA continue to be a leading organization for manufacturing science, quality, and innovation, as well as an important bridge between industry and regulators worldwide."
  • Masahiro Akimoto, General Manager, Compliance Division, Toray Industries, looks forward to continuing "continue to encourage the use and sharing of PDA knowledge among membership by coordinating or facilitating interactive communication."
  • Emma Ramnarine, Global Head, Biologics QC Network, Roche Pharma, plans to help "drive PDA's strategy from the board level and further strengthen PDA's collaboration with FDA, EMA, PIC/S and other health authorities."

"We are pleased to welcome to our Board of Directors four outstanding contributors to our Association and our industry," said PDA President Richard Johnson. "These volunteers will join an active and dedicated Board of Directors that has helped grow PDA's service to members over the past several years through strong leadership and collaboration with the PDA professional staff."

Each year, PDA members vote to fill spots on the volunteer Board of Directors and every other year, they also vote for the Board's officers.
The terms of three Directors came to an end in 2014:  John Finkbohner, Junko Sasaki, and Chris Smalley.

"On behalf of PDA's 10,000 members, the Board of Directors, and the staff, I want to thank those Directors whose terms have concluded," Johnson said. "We look forward to their continued contribution to the community through their ongoing volunteerism in other PDA activities."