Avantor Foundation

Avantor Foundation Board

Valerie Collado

President of the Avantor Foundation

Valerie Cucinotta Collado is currently serving as President of the Avantor Foundation. She also serves as the Director of Corporate Communication and Community Relations for Avantor. In this position, Valerie is responsible for the Company’s internal communication strategy and programming, community engagement and supporting associate engagement. 

Before joining Avantor, Valerie worked for Borders Group Inc. as the District Marketing Manager where she developed and implemented annual marketing and public relations plans as well as author and musician event coordination for 11 Greater Philadelphia locations. Prior to working for Borders Group Inc., she served as the Director of Public Relations and Events for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. To inspire the arts in future generations, Valerie is part of the Directing staff for the Colonial Players Theatre Program at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.

Valerie holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a Minor in Communications from Catholic University of America.

Christophe Couturier

Treasurer for the Avantor Foundation

Christophe Couturier serves as the Executive Vice President of Services, and has over 20 years of strategic leadership experience in the life sciences industry.

Christophe is responsible for our Avantor global Services business unit, supporting our customers' operations with a full suite of offerings including: lab and production services; equipment services; procurement and sourcing services; clinical and biorepository services; and commercial kitting services. In addition, he leads the Avantor Business System (ABS) and its associated LEAN processes, as well as our Integration Management Office. Prior to joining Avantor, he led business areas of services, merger integration, general management, finance and consulting at life sciences companies, including more than a decade with MilliporeSigma.

Christophe earned a Master of Science degree in Management from ESSEC Business School in France.

Noël France

Secretary for the Avantor Foundation

Noël France is the Director of Digital Customer Engagement for Avantor, responsible for global digital marketing strategy and execution. Noël has worked for Avantor for over 15 years, with previous roles including Customer Information Director, Global Marketing Operations, Marketing Management, Marketing Communications, and Internal/Community Relations, focused previously on the Science Education segment.

During Noël's time with the Science Education segment, she had the privilege of launching a formalized community outreach effort focused on establishing connections between local schools and Avantor’s science education laboratory technicians. Noël is also a member of the WXXI Board in Rochester, New York and participates in several advocacy groups focused on implementing diversity, equity and inclusion in the community and school district she calls home.

Noël attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study for master’s work in Marketing and Media Applications and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.

Stephane Moerman

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Stephane Moerman currently serves as Vice President, Customer Development & Major Accounts – Europe at Avantor.

With his team, Stephane focuses on European profitable growth opportunities, creating long-term value within and between organizations in line with Avantor’s strategy. Stephane has been with Avantor for 20 years and has served in numerous roles including Sales & Services, Marketing and Strategic Partners Director.

Prior to joining Avantor, Stephane served as Territory Manager, Product Manager, Head of Industrial Division, Sales Director and Strategic Marketing Director for European laboratory distributors in the life sciences and clinical diagnostic industries.

Stephane has a biochemical engineer background and holds a Master of Marketing & Administration degree from Brussels Universities – Belgium.

Narayana Rao

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Narayana Rao serves as Vice President of Biopharma – Asia, Middle East & Africa (AMEA). In this role, Narayana is responsible to facilitate the AMEA Biopharma organizational strategy development/tracking, alliance and budget management. He also leads program management function for Biopharma in core markets in AMEA. Narayana has been with Avantor for one year.

Prior to joining Avantor, Narayana had worked for various life sciences organizations in business leadership roles and has devoted his career to providing solutions to the Biopharma industry.

Narayana holds Master of Science in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, India and an Executive General Management Programme from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Eilidh Robertson

Board Member for the Avantor Foundation

Eilidh Robertson currently serves as Country Leader and Managing Director for the UK within Avantor. In this role she has the overall responsibility of Lab Distribution stream and is a key driving force to ensure collaboration between the Avantor Business Streams within the UK organization.

She has worked for Avantor for 15 years, previously serving as UK Sales Director, Regional Manager and Product Specialist. She has a scientific background and spent three years in a laboratory before transitioning to a commercial environment. Eilidh is passionate about science, education and leadership and is an advocate for collaboration, transformation and innovation.

Eilidh holds a Bachelor of Parasitology from The University of Glasgow and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from The University of Strathclyde.

Mark Thornton

Vice President, Sales Specialists

Mark Thornton currently serves as Vice President of Sales Specialists and Portfolio Management for Avantor with responsibility for both the sales specialist organization and life science portfolio.

Mark has devoted his career to working within different facets of the life science and biotechnology industries. Over the course of the last two decades, Mark has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership roles with responsibilities ranging from research & development to commercial responsibilities including sales, marketing, and global channel management.

Mark has a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, both from Cleveland State University.

Avantor®, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. Our portfolio is used in virtually every stage of the most important research, development and production activities in the industries we serve. One of our greatest strengths comes from having a global infrastructure that is strategically located to support the needs of our customers. Our global footprint enables us to serve more than 225,000 customer locations and gives us extensive access to research laboratories and scientists in more than 180 countries. We set science in motion to create a better world.