Catalyst Advisors


Catalyst Advisors is a premier executive recruiting firm committed to working with a select group of companies to help them build transformational boardroom and executive leadership teams. Our assignments include searches for board members, chief executive officers, senior management and scientific executives across all functions and disciplines, and for companies at all stages of development and growth.

Our seasoned partners are supported by equally experienced team members based out of our offices in New York, London and Los Angeles.

Catalyst’s process-driven approach allows for agile adjustment and continuous learning and is derived from decades of experience advising boards, CEOs and human resources leaders on mission-critical talent issues. We combine the art and science of search through:

  • A commitment to push our clients and ourselves in the pursuit of transformational talent
  • A deep understanding of our clients’ business and their culture, of where they are, where they are going and the talent they will need to get there
  • Reach that transcends geographic borders and industry silos
  • Evaluation of candidates not only on technical acumen and track record but personality, cultural fit and other intangibles
  • Personalized, partner-level service and a team-based approach that provides a consistently high level of responsiveness with attention to each detail
  • A commitment to transparency and honesty with both clients and candidates


Catalyst Advisors Completes Top Search for Gilead Sciences

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Alessandro Riva, M.D., at Gilead Sciences, Inc. as senior vice president of hematology and oncology therapeutic area head and member of its executive committee. Catalyst recruiter Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D., led the search along with colleague Amy Bottoms. He will report to executive vice president of clinical research John McHutchison,

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for Acceleron Pharma

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Habib Dable as president and chief executive officer of Acceleron Pharma Inc. He succeeds John Knopf who has announced his retirement. Catalyst John Archer and Sara Hagar led the search. Mr. Dable joins Acceleron from Bayer AG, where he most recently served as president of pharmaceuticals for Bayer in the U.S. In this role, he was

How to Recruit for a Revolution

When an industry goes into overdrive for an extended period and the rate of growth outstrips the supply of proven leaders, the senior talent management function comes under particular stress. Those conditions create both challenges and opportunities for the recruiters serving that industry. In the last several years, few sectors have been moving as quickly

Catalyst Advisors Elects Partner; West Coast Office Expands With New Hires

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has named Sara Hagar as a partner. In addition, the firm has added Amy Bottoms as director and Steve Aeby as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. Ms. Hagar joined Catalyst in 2008 as a director in charge of recruiting board directors, CEOs and other senior executives for a range of biopharma

Catalyst Advisors Places Chief Scientific Officer for Mirna Therapeutics

Search firm Catalyst Advisors has recruited Miguel Barbosa, Ph.D. as executive vice president and chief scientific officer of Mirna Therapeutics, Inc. Director Sara Hagar and partner Christos Richards led the assignment. Dr. Barbosa joins the company with 20 years of biopharmaceutical research discovery experience. For the past decade, he served in senior leadership roles at several Johnson & Johnson


Catalyst Advisors Elects Sara Hagar Partner; West Coast Presence Expands with Key Hires

NEW YORK, January 6, 2016 — Catalyst Advisors, a leading global search firm specializing in recruiting board members, chief executive officers and senior leadership for innovative biopharma companies, today announced that Sara Hagar, a recruiter at Catalyst Advisors since its founding, has been named a partner. In addition, two senior search professionals from the life sciences industry,