By Jennifer Erb
Mark Ramsey came to WVU from Southern West Virginia and by his own admission was very shy. “I really struggled doing presentations and meeting people, “ he says. Mark’s journey to Industrial Engineering was a long one. He tried Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biology (PreMed). He finally ended up in Industrial Engineering when he found a major that helped him find an academic focus.
When Mark finished the IE program, surprisingly he went into technical sales. “I could deal with people one-on-one,” he says. Mark’s first job was in the mining industry back near his hometown. A shooting incident at one of the mines convinced Mark he needed to change career directions. He returned to WVU to get a Masters degree.
At the end of his Masters course work, Mark got an opportunity to work in the textile industry. Mark was very comfortable with his work at Kayser-Roth and had increasing responsibility. But Mark decided to take a career risk and move from a textile environment to the pharmaceutical industry. “If you want to have a successful career,” Mark explains, “There are times you have to move outside of the things you are comfortable doing.”
Mark’s former boss at Kayser-Roth convinced him to come to Burroughs-Wellcome a pharmaceutical company. While at Burroughs-Wellcome, Mark attended a management development program at the London Business School. “This experience really opened my eyes” he says.
Burroughs-Wellcome was purchased by another pharmaceutical company Glaxo. They offered an attractive severance package which Mark accepted to the surprise of many. After leaving Glaxo, Mark spent two years getting an MBA at East Carolina University.
Again his former boss intervened to involve Mark in a project. Mark was asked to do due diligence for a firm that would like to purchase the Glaxo facility where Mark had worked. The new owner Catalytica Pharmaceuticals initially wanted to use the business to fund its core expertise in natural gas fired turbines. Mark had doubts about the business strategy and sought out other opportunities.
For a short time, Mark worked at the Perrier Group bringing more efficient practices to its supply chain operations. When a former boss from Burroughs-Wellcome took a position at Mylan , he asked Mark to join him. Mark started as Vice President of Logistics and then became Vice President of North America Supply Chain. Mylan asked Mark to take on more of a global role as it expanded through acquisitions. Mark turned the position down and decided to retire instead.
“I’m very passionate about fly fishing,” Mark says. “While I’ve had opportunities to return to the corporate world, I’m comfortable with my retirement.”
Experience Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Morgantown, WV
2007 – 2013 Vice President, North America Supply Chain
2001 – 2007 Vice President, Logistics
Perrier Group America (a Nestle’ Company) Allentown, PA
2000 – 2001 Supply Chain Planning & Network Design
Catalytica Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Greenville, NC
1997 – 2000 Vice President, Logistics
1995 – 1997 Due Diligence & Integration Consultant
Burroughs Wellcome, Inc. Greenville, NC
1993 – 1995 Manager, Industrial Engineering
1991 – 1993 Senior Industrial Engineer
1990 – 1991 Section Head, Production Planning
1989 – 1990 Manufacturing Industrial Engineer
Kayser – Roth Hosiery Greensboro, NC
1988 – 1989 Senior Staff Industrial Engineer (Greensboro, NC)
1988 Manufacturing Manager (Lumberton, NC)
1987 – 1988 Manufacturing Industrial Engineer (Lumberton, NC
Polythane Enterprise, Inc. Madison, WV
1984 – 1985 Technical Sales Representative
Education East Carolina University Greenville, NC
1995 – 1997 Master of Business Administration w/Honors (MBA)
– Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma lota Epsilon
London Business School (1 week) London, England
Duke Fuqua School of Business (1 week) Durham, NC
1994 International Management Development Program
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
1985 – 1986 Graduate Level Coursework (Industrial Engineering)
1978 – 1984 Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)