William E. Klitgaard
Corporate Senior Vice President and
Chief Information Officer
Mr. William E. Klitgaard is Chief Information Officer and has overall responsibility for the Covance Global IT organization. He serves as a member of the Covance Executive Committee and Chairs the Covance IT Investment Committee, as well as the Executive IT Steering Committee. He reports to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Previously, Mr. Klitgaard served 12 years as Covance’s Chief Financial Officer, where he demonstrated a wide range of financial, strategic and information technology skills. He served as an executive sponsor of Covance's IT steering committee, playing a critical leadership role in the development and funding of the Company's major IT investments. Under his leadership, Covance implemented a complex, enterprise-wide finance system.
Mr. Klitgaard joined Covance as Corporate Treasurer in 1996, was appointed to manage the Company’s strategic planning and corporate development activities in 1999, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2000. Mr. Klitgaard came to Covance from KENETECH Corporation, a provider of products and services to the electric utility industry, where he served as Corporate Treasurer. Before KENETECH Corporation, he was an executive with Consolidated Freightways, where for more than a decade he was responsible for the Company’s treasury and strategic planning activities.
Mr. Klitgaard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Business.