Chiltern, a global contract research organisation, has announced that Aize Smink and Linda Christmas have been promoted.

Aize Smink, previously senior executive VP of global clinical development, has been named chief operating officer.

Linda Christmas, formerly senior executive VP of global resourcing solutions, has also been promoted to the role of chief resourcing officer.

In this new position Aize will provide leadership and oversight of Chiltern’s Global Clinical Development and Global Scientific Services divisions.

Aize has more than 20 years of development experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries and joined Chiltern in 2006. He is based in Brussels, Belgium.

Linda has been promoted in recognition of her role as the global head of Chiltern’s global resourcing solutions division and leading select corporate services. Linda has more than 25 years of clinical research experience and has been with Chiltern since 1997 and will be based in Slough, UK.