Maria A Craze is the Headquarters Director of Global Data Operations at Merck & Company, Inc. She supports the Executive Director and leadership team, of this 530+ person organization, in managing the strategic and tactical priorities and projects throughout the organization in addition to directly supporting a US group of 30 data managers and management staff.
Maria has over 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in the data management of Clinical Trials. During her 15 year tenure, Maria has grown through the organization from the bottom up. She has advanced experience in the End-to-End data management of clinical trials. She has been a trainer, process subject matter expert, inspection/audit lead point of contact and an all- around go to person for all data management related topics with customers and stakeholders. Her breadth of knowledge and support crosses therapeutic area boundaries, but a large majority of her focus has been on Oncology trials, specifically in the last 6 years. In addition to her direct data management and leadership experiences, Maria also supports resource planning and management, global strategic projects (focused on process improvements in efficiency and quality), mentoring and coaching as well as customer and stakeholder relationship management.
Maria holds a Master’s in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Medicine from Ursinus College, also located in Pennsylvania. She raises 3 children (a 5 year old boy and twin 2 year old girls) with her husband while volunteering her time and resources to several industry and charitable organizations such as the Drug Information Association, Society for Clinical Data Management, Project Hope, Merck for Mothers and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few.