UNCW Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series Welcomes Richard Pilnik

Monday, April 10, 2017

Richard Pilnik, chairman of Chiltern International, will present his lecture, “Big Dream: Dream Big” on April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Burney Center. His talk is part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

“The University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to bring a leader of Richard Pilnik’s caliber to campus,” Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli said. “With his extensive experience in business and international relations, Pilnik is a worthy role model for today’s generation of globally focused students. His bold vision guided his success for years, and I look forward to the insight he will share with our community.”

Pilnik enjoyed a 30-plus year career in healthcare. He retired in 2014 from Quintiles Transnational Corp. as executive vice president and president for Global Commercial Solutions, Quintiles’s outsourcing business that works with more than 70 pharma and biotech companies. Chiltern International, where he serves as chairman, is a privately held clinical research organization with a presence in 47 countries and relationships with more than 22,000 investigators.

Pilnik spent 25 years at Eli Lilly in the positions of group vice president and chief marketing officer; president of Eli Lilly Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Commonwealth of the Independent States; vice president of global marketing and sales; and related management positions in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

He currently sits on the boards of DiaMedica, Certara and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings executives, government officials, academic professionals, and nationally recognized speakers to UNCW for informative lectures on topics related to the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan. The program provides students with experiences designed to enhance their professional knowledge.

Admission to the event is free, but registration is required. A Q&A will follow Pilnik’s lecture.

--Emily S. Pierce and Tricia Vance