Jay Norman, an executive with 25 years of experience in the consulting industry, is the new president of Quintiles Consulting.

Norman succeeds Tracy Tsuetaki, who now is global head of corporate strategic initiatives and change management. He had led the Quintiles Medical Communications and Quintiles Consulting.

The hiring of Norman is part of a plan by Quintiles to expand its consulting operation, a company spokesperson said.

Norman joins Quintiles, the world’s largest contract research organization, from Diamond Management and Technology Consultants where he was president and chief operating officer. He also has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey and Company, and Accenture.

The consulting unit works with pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies on such issues as product development, regulatory compliance, pricing and reimbursement.

"As the world’s largest CRO, Quintiles is uniquely positioned to provide our consulting clients with competitive advantages and insight as they navigate the development process and look to expand the financial and therapeutic potential of their products," said John Ratliff, Quintiles Transnational’s chief operating officer, in a statement. "With Jay’s experience in developing consultancies, and the industry and former FDA experts we already have on staff, Quintiles is poised to expand its footprint in the consulting arena."

Quintiles, which recently broke ground for a new headquarters, is looking to hire hundreds of workers as it expands to meet growing customer demand. Quintiles Consulting has staff in the United States, China and Europe.