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PRA International Appoints Shannon as CEO
Date:12/14/2009

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PRA International, a leading Clinical Research Organization, is pleased to announce that Colin Shannon, who has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of PRA since May 2007, has been appointed President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, effective Jan. 1, 2010.

"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Colin to this top executive role," said Chairman of the Board, Melvin D. Booth. "Having worked closely with Colin for the last two and one-half years, it is clear that he is the ideal person to lead our Company. This planned transition ensures that PRA will maintain its momentum in driving 'evidence-based decision making' into clinical development and its continued focus on building a talent pool of clinical professionals." Jean-Pierre L. Conte, Chairman and Managing Director of Genstar Capital, LLC, the principal investor in PRA, further commented, "Colin has brought to PRA a depth of industry knowledge and a leadership style that fits well with our culture. We are confident PRA will continue to flourish under his leadership."

Prior to joining PRA, Mr. Shannon was employed by Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPD) for twelve years in key executive positions, the last being Executive Vice President, Global Clinical Operations. Before joining PPD, Mr. Shannon held financial positions with various other companies. He holds a master's degree in business administration from London's City University and is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

"I always had a deep respect for the PRA organization and its reputation within the industry," said Mr. Shannon. "Since joining PRA, the executive team has focused on developing our current mission and vision. As a result, my respect for PRA has deepened even more. I am truly impressed with the quality and commitment of the entire PRA team. Working together, we will buil
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