Stephan’s career in pharmaceuticals and biologicals spans 25+ years and since 2017, he is the Head of the Global Supplier Quality Organization at Lonza, for suppliers, contract manufactures, and service providers.
He holds a Master in Chemistry from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and started his career in pharma business at Janssen Pharmaceutica (J&J), where he held various QA positions in different domains with increasing responsibilities. Since 2000, Stephan has been dealing with suppliers and contract manufactures both in quality and operations.
His first position related to suppliers was at Janssen Pharmaceutica, where he started as an auditor. He then took more and more responsibilities, and became the Head of the Global Supplier Quality organization for small and large molecules. After Janssen Pharmaceutica, he was also leading the Global Supplier Quality Organization at GSK Vaccines followed by being the Director External Supply operations managing the operational activities for all contract manufactures for the global vaccines network.
During Stephan’s career, he created several global organizations, developed, optimized and implemented several key corporate processes and managed international and virtual teams. In these optimization projects, he focused on harmonization, efficiency and feasibility. He also implemented several risk based and performance driven supplier quality programs.
He emphasizes on meeting expectations for both suppliers and customers, by giving visibility throughout the whole supply chains, collaboration, and continuous improvement. He has been involved since the first years of Rx-360, and has been supportive in the initial phase of the consortium by redacting and sharing already the first existing members’ reports in 2009 – 2010. He was also the moderator of the observers working group at that time.
Due to Stephan’s experience, his early involvement, and being part of the BPOG joint audit project, he is in favor of information sharing concept as well as developing and harmonizing the processes to guaranty the supply chain integrity and quality / compliance of the provided materials.