President and Chief Executive Officer
Peter Benton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Worldwide Clinical Trials, an award-winning, midsize contract research organization (CRO) with staff in more than 60 countries. He leads a diverse team of more than 3,300 people whose mission is to help facilitate the development of life-changing medicines by integrating clinical trials methodology, operational acumen, and efficient technology.
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Peter brings more than two decades of leadership experience in the healthcare and pharma space to Worldwide. As a proud ally and supporter of women’s leadership initiatives, he is passionate about building a workplace culture that supports employees from all backgrounds and ensures that commitment and passion is carried throughout the entire Worldwide team, across every partner and employee touchpoint.
Prior to his leadership role at Worldwide, Peter served as EVP & President for BioClinica’s eClinical Solutions business, where he led overall strategy, sales and operations and drove the company to grow by more than 300 percent. An engineer at heart, Peter began his career at General Electric as a graduate of the GE MMP program and has worked in a variety of aerospace, aircraft, and manufacturing businesses. In addition, he held various leadership positions in M&A, strategy and operations for TRW, Inc.’s automotive business. Peter has spent the last 20+ years in life science and healthcare beginning with late-stage drug development as vice president for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development LLC; he also founded a medical device company called Flexible Medical Systems.
Peter graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and received an M.B.A. in finance and strategy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.