The pharmaceutical cold chain community recognizes 15 leaders in the global supply chain. Leadership is often cited as a key component of business success, but what makes a great leader?

In a world where the KPI is king, leadership bucks the trend. Leadership isn’t quantifiable.  If I may refer to a populous global talent show, it is about having the “X-Factor”, adding value, innovation and inspiring individuals and teams.

This is our opportunity to recognize a few individuals in the pharmaceutical chain who are leading the way toward ensuring a safer supply of needed medicines around the world.
Andrea Charles

Editor, Cold Chain IQ

Ariette Van Strien

Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, Marken

Ariette Van Strien is Marken’s voice of the customer having spent 23 years in the clinical research industry spanning sales, marketing, business development and global operational and project management roles. Before joining Marken, Ariette held senior executive roles of increasing responsibility for CROs managing clinical trials from Phase I to IV.

Over the last ten years, she has led global teams in building strategic relationships with pharmaceutical companies. Having worked extensively on the central lab and clinical side, Van Strien brings a unique perspective of this portion of the supply chain to her position.

“If you think of the pipeline right now, we will continue to see an increase of biologics in phase II and phase III, which means, of course, large trials, more complex trials, more global trials, so it means that supply chain will become more complex,” Van Strien says.