Susan Atkinson is the new senior vice president for global biostatistics and data management at Pharmaceutical Product Development.

In the new role, Atkinson will be responsible fgor the contract research organization’s global biostatistical and data management business. She has been with PPD since 1991, starting as a senior biostatistician.

"Throughout her tenure with PPD, Dr. Atkinson has demonstrated the ability to build effective teams and deliver the highest level of quality service to our customers," said William Sharbaugh, chief operating officer of PPD. "Her expertise in statistical analysis, clinical trial design, regulatory submission strategies and EDC will serve her well in leading her group in providing clients integrated services for the conduct of multinational clinical trials."

Atkinson holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in biostatistics as well as a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.