WILMINGTON,PPD has hired a former GlaxoSmithKline executive to lead its expansion efforts across Asia.

Edmund Leong joins PPD as director of strategic development for Asia. He will oversea drug clinical operations as well as business development. Leong was manager of clinical development and operations for the Asia-Pacific region at GSK.

PPD has offices in Singapore, Thailand and a new office in South Korea.

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