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Quintiles CIO Richard Thomas Named a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C - Thursday, December 6th 2012 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Quintiles Chief Information Officer (CIO) Richard Thomas has been named one of IDG’s Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013. The Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

Now in its 14th year, this awards program shines a spotlight on technology and business leaders from a broad range of organizations who have displayed exceptional technology leadership in their organizations, fostered ideas and creative work environments, envisioned innovative approaches to business problems and effectively managed IT strategies.

As Quintiles CIO, Thomas leads a global team of more than 1,000 information technology professionals. The award honors Thomas’ leadership in transforming IT from a support function into an integral component of the company’s offerings to the healthcare industry. Under his leadership, Quintiles IT has received numerous industry accolades and awards for technology innovation, and is firmly established in the "100 Best Places to Work in IT” ranking.

"I am honored to receive this recognition. It is a reflection on the performance of the entire IT team at Quintiles over several years,” Thomas commented. "The technology landscape is changing at an ever- increasing pace, opening an exciting window of opportunity for Quintiles to provide impactful and long-lasting solutions that benefit our customers, our industry and ultimately patients, around the world.”

Looking to the future, Thomas added, "It is a privilege to be in the driving seat for the IT group at Quintiles. We have a very talented team and a terrific technology foundation. This, combined with Quintiles’ deep domain knowledge and expertise, puts us in pole position to collaborate and help solve age-old healthcare industry problems.”

"The Premier 100 awards program showcases the exceptional work of a dedicated group of senior IT leaders who are driving huge change in their organizations," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. "Every day, these exemplary business leaders make strategic technology decisions that track to their organizations' top priorities. These men and women keep a keen eye on the changing landscape of political, economic, regulatory and technology trends that are driving significant shifts in IT.”

In addition to other recognition of Quintiles’ innovation in IT, the company has been named to Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in ITlist three times.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

About Quintiles

Quintiles is the world’s leading provider of biopharmaceutical services. With a network of more than 27,000 professionals working in more than 80 countries, we have helped develop or commercialize all of the top 50 best selling drugs on the market. With extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise, we help biopharmaceutical and health sciences customers navigate the increasingly complex landscape with more predictability to enable better outcomes.

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