accelHRate places Meghan Henson as EVP and CHRO of Avantor (, a leading global provider of mission-critical products and services to customers in the biopharma, healthcare, education & government, and advanced technologies & applied materials industries. The company’s global footprint enables it to serve more than 225,000 customer locations and provides extensive access to research laboratories and scientists in more than 180 countries. In May 2019, Avantor became the largest healthcare IPO in U.S. history and is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol, AVTR.

Meghan served as CHRO for both XPO Logistics and Chubb Insurance. Earlier in her career she held various HR leadership roles at PepsiCo globally and was a management consultant at Deloitte and Willis Towers Watson. Ms. Henson was also a William Davidson Institute Fellow at Vietnam National Coal Corporation in Hanoi. She also served as an instructor at ACTY English School in Kyoto, Japan and Jinan University in Guangzhou, China. Meghan earned an MBA and master’s degree in public policy from University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The search was led by CEO Kim Shanahan and Managing Partner Kelly McPherson. “Meghan is a strategic leader who brings extensive global experience to Avantor’s impressive leadership team made up of executives from other well-respective Fortune 500 companies. She has joined a company whose mission is important to all of us – to set science in motion to create a better world. This includes working on critical solutions helping life science companies detect, research and fast-track treatments for the COVID-19 and related diseases”