Global Research Services (GRS) has appointed BenoIt Martin, an executive with more than a decade of leading international CRO business units, as the European general manager (GM) and executive vice president of global development, responsible for the operations management.

Mr Martin is expected to be based out of the GRS Langenfeld, Germany office and will provide leadership for the administrative activities of GRS German subsidiary.

Mr Martin’s responsibilities include strategic development for European and Asian operations, resource planning and efforts to continue expansion of high-quality clinical research services outside of North America for GRS.

GRS said that Mr Martin had worked for 12 years at Omnicare Clinical Research in senior level executive positions of which he served nine years as the international president with full responsibility of all business units in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Bruce Garrett, president and CEO of GRS, said: “As part of our Executive Management Team, Mr Martin gives us skilled leadership and hands-on knowledge of the business side of the European and Asian clinical research industry.

“We believe Mr Martin will support GRS with an even stronger international presence and allow us to provide our clients with more service and greater access to established and emerging markets.”

Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, GRS is an international CRO with a focus on cardiovascular, renal and metabolic research, serving pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies with comprehensive clinical trial management services.