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William Parfet

Chairman, CEO and President, MPI Research

William ParfetWilliam U. Parfet co-founded MPI Research, a global preclinical research organization headquartered in Mattawan, Mich., in November 1995. Parfet currently serves as chairman, CEO and president.

From 1993 to 1996, he served as the president and CEO of Richard-Allan Medical, headquartered in Richland, Mich., a worldwide manufacturer of surgical products.

Prior to that, he served as vice chairman of the board of The Upjohn Company where he was also president (1991-1993) and executive vice president (1989-1991). Parfet joined The Upjohn Company (now recognized as Pfizer) in March 1973 and was a member of the board of directors from 1985 through 2003.

Parfet serves on several prestigious boards including non-executive chairman of Stryker Corporation, chairman of Lake Forest College, chairman of Southwest Michigan First, the Monsanto Company, Taubman Centers, Inc., A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Advisory Board and Scientific Advisory Board, Business Leaders for Michigan, and chairman of MPI Research.

Previously he has served as trustee for the Financial Accounting Foundation, the group that oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board and was a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force.  He also served as the national chairman of the Financial Executives Institute and as the commissioner for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.