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Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Smithers is a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and certification services.


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J. Michael Hochschwender
CEO and President
Susan P. Shepherd
President, Environmental Risk Sciences
Dave Schwarz
Group President & President, Materials Science and Engineering
Glenn G. Goldney
EVP, Sales & Marketing
Ira DuBey, PhD
President, Pharmaceutical Development Services
Jeanette Preston
President, Quality Assessments
Kevin Oxley
EVP, Human Resources
M. Terrell Menefee
VP & General Counsel
Michael Hollabaugh
Chief Financial Officer
Nathaniel Leonard
Group President
Rav Lally
Group President & President, Information Division
Dennis Van Der Burgh
Managing Director

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Smithers Appoints Dr. Sharon Swales as Managing Director of Its Harrogate Environmental Risk Sciences Lab

Smithers Appoints Dr. Sharon Swales as Managing Director of Its Harrogate Environmental Risk Sciences Lab

Smithers, a testing, consulting, information, and compliance services provider, has promoted Dr. Sharon Swales as Managing Director of its Harrogate Environmental Risk Sciences laboratory. In this role, Dr. Swales will be responsible for the operational, commercial, and scientific leadership of the laboratory. Dr. Swales has 25 years of industry experience. She began her career at Covance Laboratories where she held multiple positions of increasing seniority, including Manager of Environmental Scientific Operations. During her time at Smithers, she has served as Director of Environmental Fate and Metabolism, and Deputy Managing Director. Dr. Swales received her PhD and MSc in Food Science from University of Leeds and BSc Hons in Biochemistry from University of Hull. She is a member of SETAC Europe and ACS. In a press release, Susan Shepherd, President, Smithers Environmental Risk Sciences Division, stated, “With deep industry expertise and outstanding leadership skills, Dr. Swales will continue to make valuable impacts on operations that benefit our global client base and our staff that serve them. She brings the experience and understanding of the agrochemical, pharmaceutical and chemical industry environmental testing sectors needed for continued growth of the business.” Smithers is committed to delivering accurate data, on time with high touch and continues to invest in talent, technology, and quality assurance to better serve its clients and grow its market share in the life sciences industries, which include pharmaceutical, medical device, and environmental sciences.

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