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Management Leadership

AES’s leadership team has deep roots in life sciences and technology. They set out to make our company the complete global partner and solution for enrollment certainty in clinical trials. Learn more below.

Roger Smith

Senior Vice President,
General Manager

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Roger Smith Senior Vice President, General Manager

Roger currently serves as senior vice president and general manager of AES, responsible for the company’s strategic direction and financial growth as its chief executive. During his tenure, AES has transformed from a small, niche player in the patient recruitment space to the acknowledged leader in accelerated, accountable enrollment solutions to Biopharma, offering customers unprecedented enrollment certainty for their most important portfolio assets. Roger has more than 20 years of senior management experience in operations, marketing, product development, and technology.

Prior to joining AES in 2001, Roger held the positions of senior vice president, chief information officer for Kozmo.com; vice president, internet strategy and development at Petopia.com (PETCO); and vice president, programming at Sony Online Ventures, Inc.

Scott Ballenger

Vice President,
Business Development

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Scott Ballenger Vice President, Business Development

Scott has more than 20 years of experience driving innovation in the healthcare arena through creative business development partnerships and novel win-win commercialization models. He specializes in new solution development and commercialization within the life science sector and brings a strong track record of success with startup entrepreneurs and established Fortune 500 companies alike.

Scott has served as a consultant, advisor, and board member to numerous healthcare and IT enterprises, as well as a lead salesperson and business development team member for multiple healthcare solution providers. Ballenger holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scott Connor

Vice President,
Corporate Marketing & Strategy

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Scott Connor Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Strategy

With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the life sciences and technology sectors, Scott is responsible for company strategy, market intelligence, product management, creative services delivery, and the development and execution of all corporate marketing initiatives. He has previously held positions as director of marketing at Liquent, the leading provider of regulatory submission software and services for the biopharmaceutical industry (now a Parexel subsidiary); and a variety of marketing and web-based technology positions with SCT (now Ellucian), a developer of administrative software and outsourcing services to the higher education, local government, public utility, and process manufacturing industries.

Scott graduated summa cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a B.S. in Advertising and English.

Dr. Radoslaw Janiak

Chief Operating Officer,
Site Solutions

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Dr. Radoslaw Janiak Chief Operating Officer, Site Solutions

Radoslaw is responsible for AES operations across Europe, USA, Africa, and India, and has over 17 years’ experience in the clinical trials sector. He recognized for his expertise in managing multinational studies in such therapeutic indication as osteoporosis, rheumatology, metabolic diseases, and cardiology. Since joining AES in 2006 as a clinical investigator in over 50 clinical trials, Radoslaw has also managed clinical operations in Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, and Germany, and acted as executive vice president, site operations before serving in his current position.

Radoslaw graduated from Medical University of Warsaw.

Peter McCullough

Chief Operating Officer,
Enrollment Solutions

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Peter McCullough Chief Operating Officer, Enrollment Solutions

With over 25 years of operations experience primarily focused in the life science sectors, Peter leads AES operations, consumer marketing, patient enrollment, information technology, enterprise training and execution of all operational excellence and business transformation initiatives. Prior to joining AES, Peter held positions as managing director of Integrated Supply Chains LLC, a consulting firm specializing in biopharmaceutical value chain management; chief procurement officer & vice president at Patheon Inc.; vice president of operations at Biocryst Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and head of supply chain and information technology at EMD Serono Inc. His leadership positions with Deloitte Consulting LLP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC and service as a Captain in the U.S. Army complement Peter’s significant operational experiences.

Peter holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Citadel, and an MBA in Corporate Strategy and Operations from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jenelle Metka

Vice President,
Human Resources

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Jenelle Metka Vice President, Human Resources

Jenelle brings over a decade of human resources experience to her role at AES. She most recently served as director for human resource services, global business centers and corporate functions for VWR International, honing her skills in developing business unit strategy prior to joining AES in 2018.

Previously, Jenelle held roles with Nobel Learning Communities and Zimmerman Industries, through which she gained extensive experience in global talent strategy and organizational design. Her background involves work in all facets of human resources, including employee development, recruitment, workforce planning, benefits, HR administration and business partnering for a variety of client groups.

Jenelle graduated from Kutztown University with a major in biology and earned a Master’s degree in Administration at West Chester University.

Jill Pellegrino

Vice President,
Patient Access & Intelligence

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Jill Pellegrino Vice President, Patient Access & Intelligence

Jill leads the development of AES’s analytics, feasibility, patient research, and healthcare literacy capabilities. She was the author of AES’s original methodology to project patients and business revenue, and continues to manage the risks associated with our differentiated, performance-based business models. Previously, Jill was head analyst at Radian Guaranty.

Jill holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from La Salle University.

Pramod Raju

Chief Financial Officer

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Pramod Raju Chief Financial Officer

Pramod has more than 15 years of finance experience primarily focused in the financial services and healthcare sectors. At AES, he is responsible for managing all financial aspects of the company, including operations finance, commercial finance and financial planning & analysis. Prior to joining AES, Pramod was the CFO of the Global Clinical Development division of PPD, which provides PPD’s core Phase II – IV CRO services to biopharmaceutical industry. He has also previously held a variety of roles in the financial services industry including vice president, Leverage Finance at Morgan Stanley and analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P.

Pramod holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Public Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Dr. Dawie Wessels

Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Dawie Wessels Chief Medical Officer

As chief medical office, Dawie’s vast of experience and high level of expertise has been the key driver in the development of our global presence since joining AES in 2016. Previously, he worked with Parexel International, a multinational life science company to establish a transparent operational governance process.

Dawie holds MBChB and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of the Free State in South Africa.