CRB, a global provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction and consulting solutions to the biopharmaceutical and food and beverage industries, announced the board of directors has named President Ryan Schroeder as Chief Executive Officer. Schroeder succeeds CEO and CRB Co-founder Jeff Biskup, who will remain on the board of directors and lead the board as executive chairman.
Additionally, the company announced the formation of CRB Operations, a group uniting the company’s Regional Operations and Technical Operations teams into a single structure and led by new Chief Operating Officer Sam Kitchell.
Schroeder joined CRB in 1987 as an architectural engineer, progressing in the company’s operations before becoming leader of CRB’s Midwest region in 2010. He was named president in 2017, and has led the company through unprecedented growth including its first $1 billion-plus revenue years in 2021 and 2022.
Under his tenure, CRB has become a pace-setting and preeminent provider of manufacturing facilities that deliver life-saving medicinal therapies and vaccines as well as many of the brand-name food, beverage and pet food products enjoyed by consumers. The company’s project portfolio includes numerous award-winning, large-scale biopharmaceutical and food and beverage projects, including many of the research and commercial production facilities that developed and deployed COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
While growing the company’s bottom line, Schroeder has overseen CRB’s impressive physical expansion. With an employee count nearing 1,800 – a roughly three-fold increase under Schroeder’s leadership -- CRB now has 21 offices in North America and Europe, with additional openings planned in the coming years.
“There is no one better positioned to further raise CRB’s leadership position in the marketplace while simultaneously nurturing and advancing our coveted culture. From day one we’ve put remarkable client and employee experiences at the center of everything we do, and no one understands that balance more than Ryan,” said Jeff Biskup, one of the company’s original three founders who mentored Schroeder during his rise through the company ranks. “This promotion is well-earned by Ryan, and it’s terrific news for our clients and employees as our company gets stronger and continues to expand our leadership in the industries we serve.”
Combining CRB’s regional and technical teams into a single reporting structure under Kitchell, who previously led the company’s Emerging Business Operations group, advances the company’s integration efforts and how CRB serves clients. His expertise and experience as both a CRB leader and former client uniquely position Kitchell to deliver on the company’s promise to clients: successful, innovative project delivery that consistently meets their business objectives.
“Creating an integrated CRB Operations group continues our journey toward becoming a truly united, global organization driven by technical excellence, continuous learning and innovation, with an exciting work environment that keeps employee experience at the heart of everything we do,” Schroeder said.
Before his promotion, Kitchell led CRB’s Emerging Business Operations team, which worked closely with the company’s growth incubator, the Growth Catalyst Program, to identify new initiatives and bring them to market. Chief Strategy Officer Bart Schubert, who created and managed the GCP from its inception in 2019, will assume Kitchell’s previous responsibilities.
CRB is a leading global provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the biopharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. Our innovative ONEsolution™ service provides successful integrated project delivery for clients demanding high-quality solutions -- on time and on budget. Across 21 offices in North America and Europe, the company's nearly 1,800 employees provide world-class, technically preeminent solutions that drive success and positive change for clients and communities.
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