Pat Donnelly, MBA

Pat Donnelly, chief executive officer at Advarra, has more than 35 years of experience serving in leadership roles across the industry. Most recently, Donnelly was chairman of the board for Chesapeake IRB, and chairman and chief executive officer of Aptiv Solutions, a global pharmaceutical development services business he founded, which was acquired by ICON in May 2014.

Earlier in his career, Donnelly served as president and chief executive officer and was one of the founders of PRA International (now PRA Health Sciences). He was instrumental in building PRA from a small regional contract research organization to a global industry leader.

Donnelly received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1980 and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University in 1984. In addition to serving as chief executive officer for Advarra, he is a board director at Pro Pharma, MedGenesis Therapeutix, Phase 5 LLC, Celerion and Rediscovery Life Sciences.