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Rho CEO Dr. Laura Helms Reece Wins Gold and Silver Stevie® Awards in 2021 International Business Awards®

August 24, 2021

Research Triangle Park, NC – August 23, 2021 – Rho CEO Dr. Laura Helms Reece was recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year Health Products & Services category and a Silver Stevie® in the Woman of the Year category in the 18th Annual International Business Awards®.

The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2021 IBAs received entries from organizations in 63 nations and territories.

As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will prevent winners from receiving their awards on stage during a traditional gala IBA banquet, winners will be celebrated instead during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, 8 December.

More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others. This year’s competition also featured a number of categories to recognize organizations’ and individuals’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Laura Helms Reece is being recognized for her leadership and success in managing the Rho team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the judges were impressed by her achievements in continuous growth and expansion of her organization as well as creating client loyalty during a difficult time in history, while suffering minimal attrition in personnel.

“I am extremely honored to receive two prestigious awards recognizing our leadership and management of our incredible and talented team during a very challenging time in our industry,” said Dr. Helms Reece. “As we continue to navigate the choppy waters of COVID-19, we must take a moment to celebrate one of Rho’s most successful periods in the last decade. Our team and I remain keenly focused on continuing to move our company forward by bringing in the right talent that will effectively deliver on the promises we make to our clients.”

Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 260 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from June through early August.

“What we’ve seen in this year’s IBA nominations is that organizations around the world, in every sector, have continued to innovate and succeed, despite the setbacks, obstacles, and tragedies of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Gallagher. “All of this year’s Stevie Award winners are to be applauded for their persistence and their resilience. We look forward to celebrating their achievements with them during our 8 December virtual awards ceremony.”

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at

About Rho

Rho, a privately held, contract research organization (CRO) located in Research Triangle Park, NC, provides a full range of clinical research services across the entire drug development process. For more than 35 years, Rho has been a trusted partner to some of the industry’s leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies as well as academic and government organizations. Our commitment to excellence, our innovative technologies, and our therapeutic expertise accelerate time to market, maximize returns on investment, and lead to an exceptional customer experience. Please follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at