Key personnel

Tarja Leikas, Chief Executive Officer

Tarja joined Crown CRO in 2018. She has a MSc in Economics. She brings Crown CRO years of experience in leadership, finance, operative excellence, and general governance. She has a proven track record in leading organizational transformations and talent building.

Päivi Itkonen, Chief Commercial Officer

Päivi is one of the founders and as Chief Commercial Officer her responsibilities include all customer-related activities. She has a MSc in chemical engineering and a BSc in pharmacy. She has been working in the field of clinical operations for more than 30 years and is also part of the DIA training faculty.

Anneli Vuorinen, VP, Projects

Anneli joined Crown CRO in 2012. She has been working in pharmaceutical and CRO companies since 1995. Her responsibilities at Crown CRO include project management and regulatory affairs services and she holds degrees in health care and teacher education.

Olegas Vasilenko, VP, Operations

Olegas  joined Crown CRO in 2007. He has been working in the CRO business for 17 years and he has been involved in developing our operations in Belarus, where we rolled out our first study in 2013. His responsibilities cover all aspects of Operations.

Leena Huoponen, VP Consulting

Leena joined Crown CRO in 2008. She has been working with clinical trials since 1991 and with pharma companies since 1996. Her responsibilities at Crown CRO is consulting to pharma companies.

Mark Wood, VP, Commercial Innovations

Mark joined Crown CRO in 2017. He has vast experience from both the pharmaceutical and CRO industries, ranging from Global Data Operations Management, Process Development and Quality Assurance to International sales and Partnership building since 2001. His responsibilities cover all aspect of Crown CRO’s sales representation, customer engagement & collaboration, as well as service portfolio alignment.

Timo Toivonen, VP, Services

Timo joined Crown CRO in 2018. He has been working in pharmaceutical companies for over 13 years in both local and global functions. He has a MSc in Pharmacy. 

Eija Harjuketo, Director, Quality Management

Eija joined Crown CRO in 2018. She has a MSc in Pharmacy. She has been working in pharmaceutical and CRO companies in the fields of GMP, GCP and GDP since 1992. Her responsibilities cover all aspects of Quality Management System like audits, SOPs, risk management, vendor management, change management.

Nina Riihimäki, Office Manager, Global Office Management

Nina joined Crown CRO in 2006. She has been working in pharmaceutical and CRO companies since 1989. Her responsibility at Crown CRO is global office management and she has a diploma in business administration.

Eeva Liikanen, Director, People and Culture

Eeva joined Crown CRO in 2018. She has been working in pharmaceutical companies for over 18 years. Her responsibilities cover all aspects of Human Resources. She has a diploma in communication.