LIONVILLE, Pa. (June 29)—Medical components manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. has promoted Steven A. Ellers to president and chief operating officer.
Ellers, 54, started with the company in 1983, and has been president of the company´s Pharmaceutical Systems business since June 2000.
He joined West´s international division in 1983 as a financial analyst, later serving as vice president, Latin America; vice president, Asia Pacific; and managing director, Singapore. Ellers later assumed global responsibilities as the vice president of operations and corporate vice president of sales.
He was named group president in August 1997 and senior vice president and chief financial officer in March 1998.
Donald E. Morel, West chairman and CEO, said Ellers´ promotion acknowledged his outstanding leadership of the company´s core business and the importance of the opportunities for that business going forward. "In his diverse roles with the companyÃ Steve has developed a unique understanding of West´s people, products, markets and customers," Morel said.
"He brings that broad experience and a highly effective leadership style to bear in developing and executing our business strategy, and has consistently delivered improved operating results for the company and its shareholders."