Beardsworth Mourns Sudden Death of Founder and CEO

Mar 23, 2011, 14:07 ET from Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc.

FLEMINGTON, N.J., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Donna E. Beardsworth, age 54, the Founder, President & CEO of the Contract Research Organization, Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc., passed away unexpectedly early Sunday morning.

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"We are shocked and greatly saddened by the passing of Donna. She was a dear friend who cared deeply about people and humanity. Donna was a visionary leader, a devoted clinician and a mentor to many within the Clinical Research Industry. The people with whom she worked over the years will deeply mourn her loss and miss her spirit.  We extend our sympathies to her family and all of her friends," said Vincent F. DiBianca, a principal in the company.

The Board has appointed Michael O'Brien as the President & CEO.  Mr. O'Brien, who has been with the company for nine years, previously served for the past four and a half years as President & CEO, until December, 2010.  

"Donna's vision for our company was to focus on complicated clinical trials in Oncology and other difficult therapeutic areas.  Her goal was to make an impactful difference in healthcare.  She was a true pioneer in the CRO industry, and we have all been inspired by her dedication and limitless spirit," said Mr. O'Brien.  "Donna was very proud to be ushering in the 25th anniversary of Beardsworth this year, and the company is fully committed to continuing her legacy."

In recognition of her corporate stewardship and vision, Donna was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce. Donna Beardsworth's high standards and steadfast commitment to quality and integrity are reflected in the company's recent successes and growth.

SOURCE Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc.