CEO and Executive Committee


Anshul Thakral

Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Anshul Thakral serves as chief commercial officer of PPD. He joined PPD’s executive team in 2016 to lead the company’s biotech customer segment, with nearly 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as a general manager, management consultant and entrepreneur. In 2019, his responsibilities were expanded to include full commercial responsibilities across both of PPD’s major customer segments: biopharma and biotech.

Before PPD, Thakral ran the global life sciences business unit at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), where he created a customer business model to serve the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Prior to GLG, he worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was an associate principal in the health care practice, counseling senior management and CEOs of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on critical topics including growth, strategy, research and development, business development, go-to-market approaches and commercial models.

Thakral earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.