Rapid Micro Biosystems Names New CEO

Oct. 20, 2014

Rapid Micro Biosystems announced that its Board of Directors has named industry veteran Robert Spignesi as the company’s new chief executive officer. Spignesi’s priorities will be leading the company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct™ System.

Spignesi has more than 20 years of leadership experience and joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he was a vice president and general manager, Americas. Previously, he was the VP of global strategy, marketing and business development for Fisher Scientific and held senior roles at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP operations and development and vice president of sales and business development within the pharmacy systems and
automation group. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the U.S. Army. Rob holds a B.S. in economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Columbia University where he was the Dr. Donald Bibeault Scholar.

“Rob is the perfect fit for Rapid Micro Biosystems,” said Richard Kollender, chairman of the board of Rapid Micro Biosystems and partner at Quaker Partners. “His industry experience and proven track record of leading business growth provides the right blend of skills to lead the business forward.”

“I am excited to join Rapid Micro Biosystems at such a pivotal time in the company’s history,” said Spignesi. “With the launch of the Growth Direct™ and the positive customer response, I am eager to lead the organization through this exciting phase of growth.”