Diversified Search Names Healthcare Practice Leader

October 5, 2016 – Executive search firm Diversified Search, one of the top 10 executive search firms in the U.S., has appointed Martha Hauser as the new leader of its healthcare practice. She will based in the firm’s Atlanta office.

Ms. Hauser is a well-known thought leader with more than two decades of experience recruiting leaders in healthcare and higher education across the country. She has earned a national reputation as a visionary and innovative thinker.

Her clients include some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, healthcare systems, academic medical centers, and service providers in the field, a list that includes Beaumont Health, Carolinas Healthcare System, Sentara Healthcare, Emory Healthcare, and the East Carolina School of Medicine, among others.

Before joining Diversified, Ms. Hauser served Witt/Kieffer, where she opened the firm’s Atlanta office and served as partner and regional director. Prior to that, she served as regional healthcare industry specialist for Spencer Stuart.

Finding Unique Leaders

“Martha brings an incredible mix of talent, experience, passion, and heart to this very important practice within our company,” said Dale E. Jones, Diversified’s president and chief executive officer. “At a time when healthcare is driving the national conversation across businesses and fields, Martha is uniquely qualified to identify the men and women who should, and will, be its key forward-thinkers.”

“It’s an exciting time. We’ve experienced dramatic growth with key organizations. And we intend to continue growing, while remaining nimble and serving our clients as they respond to the dramatic changes occurring in the healthcare sector from consumer behavior to legislation to dramatic medical innovations,” said Ms. Hauser. “With every search, we want to find that unique leader who is going to make the difference in the future of our clients and in the healthcare field.”

BioQuest Acquisition

This news follows on the heels of Diversified’s recent acquisition of San Francisco-based BioQuest, a recruiting boutique specialist serving healthcare innovators in the life sciences market.

With more than 30 years in the industry, BioQuest has built leadership teams for innovative companies in medicine, science, and technology. The firm is expected to open up a number of key constituents to its new parent, including emerging and established medical device, biotechnology, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, healthcare IT and consumer medical companies across all executive level management functions. This sector expertise will compliment Diversified’s existing healthcare and life sciences practice groups.

BioQuest’s clients include venture firms and industry leaders focused on healthcare, life sciences and technology, including many that are not household names: Accuray; AirXpanders; Altura Medical; BioForm Medical; Breathe Technologies; Ceterix Orthopaedics; Endologix; Hansen Medical; MRI Interventions; Nellix; OptiMedica; Shockwave Medical; Sonoma Orthopedics; and TriVascular, among others.

The firm is led by firm co-founder and managing partner Roger Anderson, who is known for his expertise in recruiting boards of directors, CEOs and C-suite executives, along with key functional vice presidents. Among his clients: venture capital emerging medical technology firms as well as commercial stage growth companies.

High Growth Sector for Recruiters

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space.

According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, healthcare employment continued to trend up during the month (+14,000). Hospitals added 11,000 jobs, and employment in ambulatory healthcare services trended up (+13,000).

“Pharmaceutical, biopharma, diagnostic, medical device, and other life sciences-oriented organizations are undergoing massive transformation among deepening market uncertainty,” said Scott A. Scanlon, founding chairman and CEO of Hunt Scanlon.

“As healthcare technologies expand, the industry evolves with them — and so, too, does the need for proven leaders who can maneuver and manage through incredible change. Companies in this sector now more than ever require top leadership that can take these companies into the future. It is one of the most demanding, lucrative and fastest growing sectors in the recruiting business today,” he said.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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