In his role with Pilgrim, Penton is responsible for leading the company’s worldwide Professional Services Group, directing the team’s project scoping and implementation execution for all of Pilgrim’s quality and compliance business solutions deployed by its customers. He is responsible for developing and productizing Pilgrim’s market-driven service offerings to drive long-term customer success and business value realization.
Penton brings to Pilgrim nearly 30 years of project management experience and operational accomplishments leading international enterprise-wide software implementation initiatives. He most recently served as consulting director at ScottMadden Inc., a management consulting firm based in Atlanta, Ga. In that role he led large multi-functional teams on complex transformation projects, including post-merger integrations and shared services implementation and optimization projects.
Previously, Penton held various project leadership positions within SAP, including functioning as a director in its post-merger integration program management office, and director of the Financial Shared Services Center for SAP’s America’s region in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also was a member of SAP’s Market Development Organization’s solution management team, responsible for driving product development roadmap and strategy for SAP financial applications. Penton also worked with Spherion Corporation, both as director of shared services, and project lead for its Peoplesoft ERP financials implementation.
“We are pleased to have George join Pilgrim and our executive team,” said Rick Lowrey, Pilgrim’s CEO. “Throughout his career, George has consistently driven successful implementation projects while building customer relationship value with the companies he and his teams have served. His appointment as vice president of global services fortifies Pilgrim’s strategic initiative to ensure its leadership in delivering world-class quality and compliance management solutions and services.”
“Pilgrim has a proven track record in the enterprise quality management software marketplace, and I’m excited to join the organization at this time when it’s poised for significant growth and expansion," Penton said. “I’m excited to be a part of Pilgrim’s focus of their leadership success across the life sciences industries while improving and extending the organization’s services reach globally.”
Penton earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Barry University in Miami, Fla., and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Pilgrim Quality Solutions provides quality compliance management software and services for life sciences companies. For more than 20 years, its solutions have automated thousands of processes across global company sites to manage the quality and compliance of life’s most important products. Its cloud-based and on-premise solutions include in-the-box best practice workflows, document and process management, dashboards, electronic signatures, audit trails, and automated validation—helping companies more easily achieve quality system compliance and pass regulatory audits. Pilgrim Quality Solutions is majority owned by Boston, Mass.-based private equity firm Riverside Partners LLC.