Desai, BSc Pharmacy
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Smita Desai is senior vice president and head of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring a standardized means of establishing strategic partnerships within Quintiles’ Product Development segment.
A qualified pharmacist, Desai has nearly 30 years of experience in the global healthcare industry. Desai joined Quintiles in 1999, leading strategic business development. She has held a number of senior roles at Quintiles, including European head of product development sales and marketing; global head of market development where she created the customer key account function at Quintiles and led the global proposals, contracting and strategic pricing teams; and global head of functional resourcing, leading a global team of 2,500 employees.
Beginning her career in sales with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Smita gained extensive marketing experience in product management roles, followed by a 10-year period in international healthcare communications gained through Edelman Worldwide and The Shire Hall Group. Desai holds a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a marketing diploma from the Institute of Marketing (UK).