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William U. Parfet

William U. Parfetchairman and chief executive officer
MPI Research

William U. Parfet co-founded MPI Research, a global preclinical research organization headquartered in Mattawan, Michigan, in November 1995. In 1999 Mr. Parfet became chairman and chief executive officer of MPI Research and currently serves in these roles.

From 1993 to 1996, he served as the president and chief executive officer of Richard-Allan Medical, headquartered in Richland, Michigan, a worldwide manufacturer of surgical products. Prior to that, he served as vice chairman of the Board of The Upjohn Company where he was also president (1991-1993) and executive vice president (1989-1991).  Mr. Parfet joined The Upjohn Company (now recognized as Pfizer) in March 1973 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1985 through 2003.

Bill is currently non-executive chairman of Stryker Corporation, chairs the Board of Directors of Southwest Michigan First and serves on many other prestigious boards including the Monsanto Company, Taubman Centers, Inc., A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Advisory Board and Scientific Advisory Board, Lake Forest College, Greenleaf Trust, College for Creative Studies, Business Leaders for Michigan and MPI Research. He serves as chairman of Southwest Michigan First.

Previously he has served as Trustee for the Financial Accounting Foundation, the group that oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and was a member of the Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF).  He also served as the National Chairman of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) and as the Commissioner for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Parfet received his BA in economics in 1970 from Lake Forest College and his MBA in international finance from the University of Michigan in 1972.