Heidrick & Struggles Adds Healthcare and Life Sciences Specialist

June 14, 2016 – Heidrick & Struggles has strengthens its healthcare and life sciences practices with the addition of healthcare leader Alan Milinazzo as a partner. He will be based out of the firm’s Boston office.

“This is a rare hire — Alan brings more than two decades of executive management experience in the life sciences sector. His complex experience in the boardroom and as CEO will immediately impact our global clients and the business and leadership challenges they face,” said John Mitchell, Heidrick’s global managing partner for healthcare and life sciences.

Prior to joining Heidrick, Mr. Milinazzo most recently served as president and chief executive officer of InspireMD, a global leader in embolic prevention systems (EPS), neurovascular devices and thrombus management technologies. He also serves on the boards of Flexion Therapeutics, a specialty orthopedic pharmaceutical company; LDR Spine, the leading cervical disc producer; and CAS Medical Systems, a medical technology company that develops and sells devices for non-invasive patient monitoring and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, the world’s leading tissue bank.

Previously, Mr. Milinazzo served as president and CEO of Orthofix International N.V., a global orthopedic and spine company, as well as the general manager of Medtronic’s coronary and peripheral vascular businesses where he was instrumental in the development and commercialization of a number of key products, including the company’s first drug coated stent platform, Endeavor. He also spent 12 years as an executive with Boston Scientific Corporation in numerous roles, including VP of marketing for SCIMED Europe. Mr. Milinazzo has over 25 years of experience in management and marketing, including positions with Aspect Medical Systems and American Hospital Supply.


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“Alan is a strong match with our firm’s culture and values,” said Krishnan Rajagopalan, a Heidrick EVP and executive search managing partner. “He is a terrific leader whose work within the healthcare and life sciences sector have earned him a high degree of respect throughout the industry and we are delighted to have him join the Heidrick team.”

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields. The increasing number of people insured through the Affordable Care Act has created additional demand for health service. But according to recruiters servicing the sector’s leadership needs, the industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation, making the need for proven and experienced boards and executive teams with vision more important than ever.

Heidrick & Struggles’ healthcare and life sciences search practice operates as one integrated global team. Its recruiters execute more than 400 healthcare and life sciences engagements annually and serve a variety of public and private companies, from early stage start-ups to large public companies. Clients include a number of global life sciences companies in diverse sectors: medical devices and diagnostics; pharmaceuticals and contract research organizations; research and development; healthcare services; biotechnology; and managed care.

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

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