Horton International Names Healthcare, Life Sciences Managing Director

November 4, 2016 – Horton International – North America, a principal partner of Horton International, has named James D. Utterback as managing director in the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. He will focus within the healthcare information technology and services sectors.

Throughout his 30-year career in operating CEO roles, human capital and executive search, Mr. Utterback has accumulated leadership experience in multiple sectors, including diagnostic imaging, healthcare technology, pharmaceuticals, contract research organizations, hospitals, medical devices and wearables as well as private equity consulting.

Mr. Utterback joins Horton from Witt / Kieffer, where he was a practice leader for technology and services. There he completed numerous executive search assignments, including CIOs, CTOs, and CISOs. Before that he served as president and chief executive officer of Comprehensive Clinical Development, a clinical research company focusing on clinical pharmacology, central nervous system (CNS) trials. During his career, Mr. Utterback also held CEO roles at M2Gen, SCIREX Corporation, and PHT Corporation.


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“I am convinced genomics, nanotechnology and digital technologies as well as big data will further disrupt the healthcare industry, improve patient lives and decrease healthcare costs,” said Mr. Utterback. “Joining Horton International allows me to tap my global network to help companies find innovative leaders able to anticipate and leverage the trends within the industry.”

“Jim is a tremendous asset and brings with him a fantastic breadth of experience,” said Josh Hollander, president and CEO of Horton International – North America. “He has acquired and merged companies and cultures, built leadership teams, and developed an expansive global network within the healthcare and life sciences industries. I am excited for Jim to join our team and help grow our vibrant practice.”

Mr. Hollander assumed his CEO post earlier this year when he replaced managing partners Larry Brown and Bob Gilchrist, who both remain with the firm. Throughout his career, Mr. Hollander has helped organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to global leaders, achieve senior leadership and talent solutions objectives. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing for William Raveis Mortgage.

With offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Horton is a global senior level recruiting provider specializing in the management, consulting, finance, human resources, information technology, sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering disciplines.

Continued Expansion

Just recently, Horton appointed Molly A. Robb as a managing director for its global life sciences practice. She is based in the U.S. and is responsible for expanding the firm’s life science practice sectors, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostics/tools and web-enabled healthcare technology. She joined Horton from Korn Ferry’s healthcare and life sciences private equity and venture-backed healthcare practice. There and previously, she completed numerous executive search assignments, including chief executive officers, chief medical officers, chief financial officers and other senior level operators within early pre-clinical, clinical-stage and commercial-stage life sciences portfolio companies.

Horton also recently elected Andreas Wartenberg as its new chairman of the board. He replaced Robin Billen, who is a managing partner of Horton International in Australia. Mr. Wartenberg is a managing director of Hager Unternehmensberatung / Horton International in Germany and has been an executive search consultant for almost 25 years, recruiting for management positions in various industries and sectors. “We are extremely pleased that Andreas has accepted this post and his experience and commitment will help drive the global group forward and be key in assisting us to achieve our ambitious plans for the future,” said Ross Eades, Horton Group chief executive officer.

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

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