Distinguished Executive Lecture Series

Bill Nelligan '832012 SpeakersBill Nelligan '83

William Nelligan is a seasoned global executive with 25 years of experience in the information, technology, services and healthcare industries, and has led both mature and emerging markets in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Africa and Japan.  Dynamic leadership, strategic vision, client focus and strong operational skills have yielded exceptional results throughout his career and distinguished his performance across a variety of cultures and organizations.

Most recently, Nelligan was senior vice president and president of the Americas region at IMS, where he managed the company’s largest and most profitable business unit ($1B in revenue/$300M in EBITDA). During his five years in the role, Nelligan delivered year-over-year double-digit growth via several strategic initiatives that transformed the company’s legacy product portfolio to a more dynamic solution set better positioned to support the future of healthcare. He expanded the company’s presence in new markets and industry segments, acquired and successfully integrated 18 companies, and improved client satisfaction — all while optimizing operations, delivering double-digit headcount reductions and expense efficiencies, and increasing shareholder value via significant EBITDA growth. Committed to building and sustaining a high performing culture, he also fostered an environment that fueled innovation, continuous process improvement, collaboration and employee development across a complex organizational structure.

Nelligan joined IMS in 2000 as senior vice president, Emerging Markets, where he was responsible for 35 countries that included nascent economies in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. In 2002, Nelligan relocated to Tokyo, Japan to assume the role of president, IMS Asia Pacific, where he managed operations in 18 countries and significantly expanded IMS’s business across the region, most notably in China, India and Japan. During his three years in Asia, Nelligan turned around business performance, transforming the operation from one with low single-digit growth to one that delivered 20%+ growth quarter-on-quarter over the term. He returned to the U.S. in 2005 as senior vice president, strategic partners, Americas, responsible for strategy, mergers & acquisitions, and partnerships & alliances. During this time, he set the stage for IMS’s growth prior to assuming leadership for the overall Americas region in 2006. 

Before joining IMS, Nelligan served as vice president of Wind Corporation, a global sourcing service provider to the hardware component marketplace and, prior to that, was a director of international business for Goodway Technologies, an industrial products manufacturer. From 1989 to 1997, he held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, sales management, marketing and international business development with Thomson Healthcare, an operating unit of Thomson-Reuters.

Nelligan holds a B.S. in finance from Ithaca College and lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and family. An active member of the community, he has served on the CEO Council for Growth, supported the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and on behalf of IMS, championed philanthropic efforts with the United Way and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


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