Maria Cecilia L. Castillo

Senior Director, Quality Assurance
PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Australia

Cecilia is a wife and mother to three beautiful children and consider her family her greatest blessing and source of motivation. She lost her father to cancer as a teenager soon after she entered university in 1994 – a time of limited treatment options for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Having realized the impact of this situation, it inspired her to pursue a science degree and join the clinical research industry; first as a study coordinator, then as a CRA, Regulatory Affairs and ClinOps leader, and then into Quality. This work is personal, knowing her work can help patients and their families enjoy life to the full. She is currently the global head of Audit Management in PPD, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, leading 58 Quality professionals across 20+ countries, delivering best in class billable and non-billable drug development services to Pharma, Biotech, and Government clients. She is known for collaborative leadership, leading change and transformations, and consistent delivery of business targets. Cecilia was previously a college instructor and is a teacher by heart. One of her greatest joys is to see people grow in their personal and professional lives – a most rewarding and a constant source of encouragement for a dedicated leader and mentor. Her goal is to have continuous development professionally and in personal life; influence people around her to find meaningful purpose in life, passion for excellence, and serve others.


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