CRB appoints veteran engineering chief
KANSAS CITY, MO. – CRB announced the appointment of Kris Desmet as senior director of client services for the company’s SlateXpace, a multimodal manufacturing system, on March 9.
Prior to CRB, Desmet spent over 20 years gaining experience in the life sciences and food and beverage industries in leadership positions. He was engineering manager at the Takeda manufacturing site and director of front-end engineering and design at Shire and Baxalta. In his previous roles, Desmet led teams of engineers, technicians and consultants, and led engineering, maintenance, CQV, automation and capital projects.
In his new role at CRB, Desmet will lead the company’s SlateXpace segment, ensuring seamless integration into existing customer operations.
“I am extremely excited to join CRB and take on this new role as it allows me to pursue my passion for driving innovation to support the patient community,” said Desmet. “I will be able to leverage my operational experience to significantly improve the customer experience, accelerate project delivery, and drive greater flexibility and value for customers.”
SlateXpace is CRB’s modular solution, providing customers with multi-modal manufacturing. The system uses agile, adaptable and scalable suites, giving manufacturers more versatility across mode-specific platforms.
Desmet will report to Sam Kitchell, senior vice president of emerging business operations at CRB, and will focus on integrating customer needs into the development of SlateXpace. Desmet will work with the SlateXpace leadership team, establishing services and operational support for the modules in the field.
“As we continue to build our experience with ONEsolution™ project delivery and listen to our customers about what they need to be successful, we hear loud and clear the desire for greater speed, flexibility and repeatability of their investments. and more comprehensive service offerings,” said Kitchell. “Kris’ experience as an engineering leader within life science manufacturing companies for capital project work and ongoing operations gives him a deep understanding of customers’ business needs and significant insight into the key success factors for the delivery and operation of technically complex installations.”
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