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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Blair Gibson, a veteran life science executive, is joining to lead its strategic branding solutions effort.

Gibson most recently worked as executive director for portfolio strategy and strategic planning at Merck. Before joining Merck, he was senior director for new cardiovascular and metabolism products at Sanofi Aventis.

Quintiles provides a growing variety of consulting, investment and partnership services to life science companies around the world. The brand solutions effort is designed to help clients improve value of products and services.

“Quintiles helps customers bring the right product to market, targeting the right patients at the right time to achieve optimal commercial success and to improve patients’ lives,” said Michael Ackermann, senior vice president of Commercialization, Global Commercial Solutions at Quintiles. “Blair’s considerable experience in brand marketing, portfolio management and successful launches of high-impact brands fits perfectly with Quintiles’ strategy of providing comprehensive commercial solutions.”

Gibson has worked with several drug product launches.

Quintiles operates in 60 countries and has some 20,000 employees. The commercial group has some 10,000 employees based in 30 countries.