Glades Pharmaceuticals promoted Alkins to president Featured

11:41am EDT May 15, 2006
Glades Pharmaceuticals promoted Darren Alkins to president. He is responsible for all company activities including daily operations, strategy and business development activities related to the company’s commercial initiatives.

“Darren’s success is a result of his multifaceted pharmaceutical experience, high energy, high intensity and creative ability to find solutions,” says Jeff Thompson, chief operating officer of Stiefel Laboratories, a strategic partner of Glades. “These are excellent skill-sets and qualities that make Darren a spectacular choice for his new role.”

Alkins has a strong background in the pharmaceutical industry. He started his career as an intern at Bristol-Myers Squibb and spent the next 15 years with the company gaining expertise in both brand and generic sales, marketing, operations and business development. He then joined Glades Pharmaceuticals in 2004 as vice president, business development.

“Glades is built around a philosophy of maximizing the life cycle potential for pharmaceutical brands,” Alkins says. “We are always looking for new partners who have a shared goal of improving the lives of patients and optimizing product value. We believe in equitable, balanced relationships. Glades will continue to invest long term in both its business and its partners.”

Mitel appointed Ray Jimenez regional director of the company’s new Southeast region headquarters.

He brings experience in sales and marketing in the IT/Telecom market, primarily with AT&T, Nortel Networks and Symbol Technologies, where he succeeded at both the field and executive levels. His experience in selling through channel partners plays a critical role in the company’s expansion.


Alvarez & Marsal appointed James D. Decker managing director to help build the firm’s footprint and capabilities in mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate restructurings.

He previously worked as managing director at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin.

William Mills Agency promoted Kevin Denver Banks to account supervisor.

He has been with the company since 2000 and has managed media relations programs for dozens of clients in the banking, credit union and mortgage industries.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from the University of Georgia. He has also studied at Keble College, Oxford University in England and is a member of the Business Marketing Association.

MedAssets made several promotions within its executive team.

Rand Ballard was promoted to chief operating officer of the company and president of North American sales.

Nicholas Sears of Aspen Healthcare Metrics was promoted to chief medical officer of MedAssets Inc.

In another move, the company promoted Dan James to president of MedAssets supply chain systems.

Also within supply chain systems, Maureen Gender moved up to senior vice president of implementation and Gary Green took over as senior vice president of sales for supply chain systems’ alternate care market.

In addition to these changes, Sandra Green became president of MedAssets supply chain systems’ Southeast region after working as president of shared services health care.

Rounding out the company’s promotions, Bob Fink moved from shared services health care to senior vice president of sales for MedAssets supply chain systems’ Southeast region.

Kitchens New LLC named Jeffery M. Cleghorn a partner in the firm.

He previously worked in the U.S. Army’s military intelligence corps and on the joint staff for the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon. After leaving the military, he earned a law degree from The George Washington University and began his practice in Washington, D.C. He returned to his native Georgia in 2003 to enter private practice.

Witness Systems appointed Greg Higham vice president, information systems and technology.

Before joining Witness, he worked as vice president of worldwide customer services for Epiphany (now SSA Global). He has also held leadership positions with Inovis, Peregrine Systems, Harbinger, Premenos and Tandem Computers. He brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in fast growing global organizations to the company.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. appointed Steven J. Strobel to its board of directors. He also serves on the audit committee.

He works as senior vice president and corporate controller of Motorola. Prior to joining Motorola, he worked for Owens Corning for seven years. Before that he worked for Kraft Foods for 10 years.

He began his career as a CPA after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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