Executive Management

Mr. Ciaran Murray, Executive Chairman

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Mr. Ciaran Murray is the Executive Chairman of ICON plc since March 2017, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 to March 2017. He joined ICON as Chief Financial Officer in 2005 and served in that capacity until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. Murray is an executive with 35 years of leadership experience forged from a career spent operating in global markets in high-growth entrepreneurial companies and blue-chip multi-nationals, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kraft Foods, Novell Inc., Northern Foods and Codec Systems. Mr. Murray has also played a leadership role in advocating for safe, ethical high-quality research through his 2014 Chairmanship of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO). ACRO represents the CRO industry globally to key stakeholders including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, regulators, legislators and patient groups. In 2014, Mr. Murray was named as a leader in CRO Innovation by PharmaVOICE100, a listing of the most influential people in the biopharma industry. Mr. Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Mr. Murray was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from University College Dublin in 2013 for his support of third level research and innovation in Ireland.

Dr. Steve Cutler, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steve Cutler was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ICON plc in March 2017 having previously served as Chief Operating Officer from January 2014 to March 2017. Dr. Cutler served as Group President, Clinical Research Services from November 2011 until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer.  Dr. Cutler was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2015. Prior to joining ICON, Dr. Cutler held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Kendle having previously served as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Kendle, Dr. Cutler spent 14 years with Quintiles where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Project Management; Senior Vice President, Clinical, Medical and Regulatory; Senior Vice President, Project Management - Europe; and Vice President, Oncology - Europe as well as regional leadership positions in South Africa and Australia. Prior to joining Quintiles, Dr. Cutler held positions with Sandoz (now Novartis) in Australia and Europe. Dr. Cutler holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Mr. Brendan Brennan, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brendan Brennan has served as Chief Financial Officer since February 2012. Mr. Brennan joined ICON in 2006 and he has served in a number of senior finance roles in the Company including the role of Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance. Prior to joining ICON, Mr. Brennan developed his corporate finance experience in Cement Roadstone Holdings, a major Irish building materials organization.  Mr. Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University.

Mr. Diarmaid Cunningham, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel & Company Secretary

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Mr. Diarmaid Cunningham is Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Company Secretary. Mr. Cunningham joined ICON as General Counsel in November 2009 and was appointed Company Secretary in October 2011.  In July 2016, Mr. Cunningham was appointed as Chief Administrative Officer in addition to his role as General Counsel. Mr. Cunningham served as Secretary to the Board of the Association of Clinical Research Organisations (ACRO) in 2013 and 2014. ACRO represents the CRO industry globally to key stakeholders including pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, regulators, legislators and patient groups. Prior to joining ICON, Mr. Cunningham spent 10 years with A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland's premier corporate law firms. Mr. Cunningham graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin in 1997 and qualified as a lawyer with A&L Goodbody in 2001.  In 2015, Mr. Cunningham completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in California. 

Mr. George A. McMillan, Chief Commercial Officer

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Mr. George A. McMillan is Chief Commercial Officer of ICON.  Mr. McMillan joined ICON in 2012 as Executive Vice President of Finance Operations, a position he held until he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in March 2017. Prior to ICON, Mr. McMillan held senior executive positions in a variety of service and consulting companies, most recently as CFO of PharmaNet Development Group. He also served as CEO of Palladium Group, a global leader in corporate performance management software and consulting; CFO and CEO of CMGI, the internet holding company, for which he was named Mass HighTech Turnaround CEO of the Year. Mr. McMillan was also CEO of BMG Direct, the North American music distribution division of Bertelsmann, A.G., and CFO/COO of Renaissance Solutions, a strategic consulting and technology services company. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Dr. Nuala Murphy, President of ICON Clinical Services

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Dr. Nuala Murphy has been President of ICON Clinical Services at ICON since January 2014. Prior to this, Dr. Murphy served as Executive Vice President of clinical and data operations globally. Dr. Murphy has over 20 years’ experience within the pharmaceutical and CRO industry. Dr. Murphy joined ICON in 2012 from Quintiles where she led a clinical and data management workforce (since 2009). Dr. Murphy also has over a decade of experience in therapeutics having led the CNS and internal medicine project management divisions for Quintiles.  Dr. Murphy served in the field of late phase clinical research at Benefit International. During her tenure, Dr. Murphy published extensively in eminent peer reviewed journals. Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Murphy was awarded a PhD in neurochemistry, from the Department of Cardiovascular Studies in Leeds and conducted post-doctoral research in the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Collège de France in Paris.

Mr. Colin Stanley, President of ICON Functional Services

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Mr. Colin Stanley is President of ICON Functional Services, ICON’s dedicated functional outsourcing service line. ICON’s functional services include strategic resourcing, delivered under our DOCS brand; FSP; and government sponsored research, delivered under ClinicalRM, which ICON acquired in 2016. Mr. Stanley has over 20 years of CRO industry experience. He joined ICON as a Project Manager in 2001 and since then has held a range of roles of increasing responsibility, which has enabled him to develop extensive operational, functional, and geographic expertise. His roles in ICON have included Chief Operating Officer of DOCS; Vice President, Clinical Operations, Asia Pacific; Director of Clinical Operations, US; and Head of EU Data Management. Mr. Stanley also led a global, cross divisional, process improvement initiative within ICON. Mr. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Dublin City University.

Mr. Tom O'Leary, Chief Information Officer

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Mr. O'Leary is ICON's Chief Information officer previous to this he held the position of President of ICON Central Laboratories.  Mr. O'Leary  joined the company in Feb-2001 as Manager of Data management in Dublin, Mr. O'Leary  subsequently went on to set-up ICON's process improvement initiative "IMPROVE" and returned to Data Management to become EU VP of Data Management before becoming Global Head of Data Management in 2006.  From 1994-2001 Mr. O'Leary  worked for SmithKline Beecham and later GlaxoSmithKline and held positions in Data Management, Project Management and resource Management. Mr. O'Leary  is a graduate of Kingston University in Surrey and a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Mr. O'Leary  holds a Degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a Masters in Data Management.

Mr. Joe Cronin, Executive Vice President of Human Resources

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Mr. Joe Cronin is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, responsible for designing and implementing people practices and building organisational leadership and culture that enable ICON to execute its strategy. Mr. Cronin joined ICON in 2014. Mr. Cronin  has almost 20 years of HR experience in a variety of global industries, including ten years at the Kellogg company in a number of regional and global HR leadership roles. Mr. Cronin  also spent time early in his career with the General Motors (GM) Corporation and the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Mr. Cronin  has a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in Human Resources, from the University of Limerick.