Executive Leadership

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Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Shortreed has over 20+ years of experience in the clinical research industry with a proven track record for creating value by partnering with stakeholders across all levels of an organization. A true business partner and strategic leader, Ryan has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to stabilize and optimize functional and financial performance through data driven analytics and business insights.

Ryan’s career has led him to managing and partnering with teams designed to create value across key verticals (business unit and company financials) as well as across project portfolios within the CRO industry. Focusing on revenue, profitability and cash, Ryan has repeatedly partnered with businesses to drive profitable growth while accelerating cash conversion and optimizing capital infrastructures.

Prior to joining CRC, Ryan was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a start-up Decentralized Clinical Trial (DCT) company where he was responsible for implementing processes and technologies to establish a disciplined and cadenced full-cycle month-end close process including predictable forecasting processes. In addition, Ryan supported multiple capital raises including preparing the company for a Series C raise.

In addition, Ryan has held roles as Business Unit CFO at Syneos Health overseeing the company’s CNS division, CFO of TFS Health Sciences, a pan-European CRO in Western Europe as well as the Business Unit CFO for PAREXEL’s Regulatory Consulting Business. In addition, Ryan has led global Project Financial Management Teams at PAREXEL with total project portfolio’s exceeding 1.5B in annual revenues. Hereto, Ryan led his teams focusing on driving value creation through project revenue, profitability and cash conversion. Ryan’s demonstrated global leadership includes leading international teams as large as 120+ team members located throughout the world.

Ryan has also designed and implemented large programmatic strategic initiatives. With PRA Health Sciences, Ryan was responsible for leading the company’s Year 1 Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiative successfully resulting in compliance without material weakness. Similarly, at PAREXEL, Ryan led a global finance transformation focused on recalibrating the global finance function from a book-keeping organization to a business partnering function. This strategic initiative required a full scale change to the functions operating model as well as significant process and technology improvements and implementations.

Ryan has a Masters in Business from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelors degree from Loyola University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) for the past 15 years and has a Master’s Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University.

In his personal time, Ryan spends as much time as he can with his wife and two daughters – enjoying traveling as well as outdoor sports such as surfing, snowboarding, paddleboarding and hiking.