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Bob Kramer


kramer-robert-1721-editBob Kramer’s first stint with Emergent BioSolutions, a global life sciences company based in Gaithersburg, lasted from 1999 to 2010, during which he held a variety of executive positions, including chief financial officer.

He returned to the company in 2011 as interim head of the biosciences division and was named president and CEO in 2019.

Before joining Emergent BioSolutions, Kramer held financial management positions at Pharmacia Corporation, which eventually became part of Pfizer Inc.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Get comfortable with not being the smartest person in the room. Actively seek the best advice and counsel from the smartest people you trust – and then make the decision you think is right and are prepared to defend with genuine, transparent passion.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

During my 40-year career, I’ve always tried to learn and take the best from the people I work with and trust, while at the same time, be mindful to not repeat the worst of what I have seen others do.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I have four passions in my life – my family, work, golf and anything Clemson-related. As a father of four adult performing artists, nothing compares to watching them perform. The trifecta would be an event that combines family, golf and Clemson!

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.