NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mark Stevenson has been promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer of Applied Biosystems and senior vice president of Applera, ABI’s parent corporation.
Stevenson was promoted in July to executive vice president, after serving 15 months as president of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Division. Concurrent with that promotion, ABI had split the MCB Division into two groups: MCB Systems and MCB Consumables.
Before taking over at the helm of the MCB division, Stevenson had been president of ABI’s Applied Markets division. He has been with the firm since 1998 and has held several management positions with the company.
Stevenson’s appointment today “completes the Applied Biosystems management transition that began more than a year ago," said Tony White, chairman, president, and CEO of Applera, who has served as interim president of ABI since October 2006, when Cathy Burzik resigned.
“His experience in a variety of sales, marketing and general management roles in Europe, Japan, and the United States and his understanding of the market make him particularly qualified to manage all day-to-day operations at Applied Biosystems," said White.
Investment bank Morgan Stanley is in the midst of a review of Applera’s operations, which could potentially lead to a recommendation that ABI and sister company Celera trade as independent entities rather than as tracking stocks.