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Avantor® Announces Ger Brophy to Retire in 2024; Benoit Gourdier Appointed EVP, Biopharma Production

RADNOR, Pa., Sept. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Avantor, Inc. (NYSE: AVTR), a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the life sciences and technology industries, today announced that Benoit Gourdier will join the company as EVP, Biopharma Production on October 2, 2023. Mr. Gourdier will succeed Dr. Ger Brophy, who will retire from the company on February 29, 2024. Following his retirement, Dr. Brophy will continue to serve as an advisor to the company as well as Chair of the Avantor Scientific Advisory Board.

Mr. Gourdier joins Avantor with more than 25 years in the life sciences industry, with a track record of driving growth and leading global commercial organizations. He joins the company from Millipore Sigma, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, BioReliance® Contract Testing Services. Previously, he was Vice President and Head of Bioprocessing within Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and held accountability for the Asia Pacific region. Benoit started his career at Millipore where he held various roles in field marketing and sales. He attended Polytech Clermont in France where he earned a master's degree in biotechnology engineering.

"Benoit has a terrific combination of bioprocessing expertise, commercial leadership and business acumen, and a global growth mindset. His appointment reflects our commitment to building a leading bioprocessing platform and a strong Executive Leadership Team," said Michael Stubblefield, President and CEO, Avantor. "I am confident that Benoit will be a major contributor to Avantor's next chapter of growth."

Added Stubblefield, "Ger has been instrumental to building our bioproduction capabilities, scaling our global manufacturing and R&D, and deepening customer relationships. He and Benoit will work closely together over the next five months to ensure a smooth transition, and Ger will continue to provide value as an advisor following his retirement."

Dr. Brophy joined Avantor in 2018. His contributions include expanding Avantor's bioproduction capabilities and geographic footprint, leading development of products and solutions to support new biologic platforms and establishing innovation centers to facilitate customer collaboration around the world.

About Avantor
Avantor®, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the life sciences and technology industries. Our portfolio is used in virtually every stage of the most important research, development and production activities in the industries we serve. Our global footprint enables us to serve more than 300,000 customer locations and gives us extensive access to research laboratories and scientists in more than 180 countries. We set science in motion to create a better world. For more information, visit and find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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