Dennis Gillings, CBE, Ph.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gillings was born and educated in the
United Kingdom. He began providing statistical consulting and data
management services to pharmaceutical clients in 1974 during his tenure
as Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill. Dr. Gillings founded Quintiles in 1982, which grew out of
his consulting activities with the pharma industry. He took Quintiles
public on NASDAQ in 1994 and led its privatization in 2003. Today,
Quintiles is the largest global provider of clinical trials and
commercial marketing services to the pharma and biotechnology industry.
With more than 30 years of experience in drug development
applications and theory, Dr. Gillings has provided expert consultation
to numerous companies and health organizations, including the National
Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Dental Research and the
Institute of Medicine. He has served on several Advisory Boards and
Councils including the Cambridge Judge Business School Advisory Board,
the Scottish Enterprise Advisory Board and the International Advisory
Council in Singapore. He also was the founding Chairman of the
Association of Clinical Research Organizations, a Washington-based trade
group formed in 2002.
He served for more than 15 years as a professor at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor
of Science in May 2001.
He was honored by the Queen as Commander of the Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the Pharmaceutical
Industry. He was appointed Pro-Chancellor of Southampton University in
In June 2008, Dr. Gillings was made Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary,
University of London and was awarded an Honorary DSc at the University
of Southampton. In September, 2008, the School of Public Health at UNC
Chapel Hill was named the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Its
mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and
eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the
world. In July, 2011, Dr. Gillings received an Honorary DSc at the
University of Exeter.