Dennis Gillings, the founder and chief executive officer of Quintiles, and Joan Gillings are getting a divorce.

“This is a personal, family matter, not for public comment,” Dennis Gillings said in a stagtement provided by the company.

“However, I do not believe this action will have an impact upon Quintiles’ business or management of the company,” he added.

Quintiles declined comment.

Gillings issued the statement Friday. The Triangle Business Journal reported the divorce on Friday and said fallout from the case could affect the world’s largest life sciences services firm.

The case is being handled in Orange County. The Gillings have been married for 32 years, the newspaper noted.

According to the story, the outcome of the divorce proceedings could affect as much as a 24 percent ownership stake in the company.

Dennis and Joan Gillings met while he was a professor at UNC-CH and she worked on the staff of the Department of Biostatistics at UNC-CH, according to a story in Carolina Public Health.

The UNC School of Public Health is named after the Gillings. The couple donated $50 million to UNC-CH three years ago.

Gillings founded Quintiles which teaching at UNC-CH.

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