Curran Partners/ECI


Our driving principle is that human capital is a key strategic element that delivers competitive and operational advantage. Curran Partners has been recruiting exceptional candidates to build exceptional companies since 1989.

While our clients are active in a range of sectors, a substantial number are in life sciences and biotechnology. Many are gearing up organizationally to complete drug development, win regulatory approval and bring new therapies to market. We play a key role in recruiting the exceptional talent they need to be successful in a tightly regulated, intensely competitive and enormously expensive sector. We recruit exceptional executives in general management, research, clinical development, commercial functions, business development, finance, human resources and other disciplines.

In addition to life sciences, we serve clients in a broad range of consumer and industrial products and business services.

Curran Partners became the U.S.-based member of the ECI Group in 2003. ECI is a closely-collaborating network of executive search firms with offices in major cities around the world. We have been a member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), the leading professional association for executive search, since 1998.


Curran Partners Finds Compliance Head for Achillion Pharmaceuticals

Executive search firm Curran Partners/ECI Group has recruited Gary P. Budney as vice president, head of quality assurance and compliance at publicly-traded Achillion Pharmaceuticals. Founding partner, Michael Curran, led the assignment. “Our client is a development-stage pharmaceutical company, which means that its principal activity is research into prospective treatments for various diseases, the development of those that are sufficiently

Curran Partners Adds Former CHRO As Partner

Executive search firm Curran Partners has added Robert F. Obst as a new partner. Mr. Obst brings more than 40 years of corporate experience in talent acquisition and organizational development. His “inside experience and perspective will be most helpful in recruiting, as well as providing HR consulting services,” said the firm in a statement. Most recently, he

Curran Partners Lands VP HR for Radius Health

Executive search firm Curran Partners has placed Deborah A. Kauffman as vice president of human resources at Radius Health. Reporting to the CEO, Ms. Kauffman will lead HR planning and execution as the company’s first VP of human resources. Prior to joining Radius, Ms. Kauffman advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in human resources with Astra-Zeneca. Earlier in her career,


Curran Partners Recruits Quality & Compliance Head to Achillion

STAMFORD, CT, April 19, 2017 — Curran Partners is pleased to announce the completion of its search assignment to recruit the Vice President, Head of Quality Assurance and Compliance, for Achillion Pharmaceuticals. The successful candidate, Gary P. Budney, has joined the organization.  Gary began his career with Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (now Sanofi). Prior to joining Achillion his career progress

Curran Partners Inc. Announce New Partner

STAMFORD, CT, May 11, 2016 — Curran Partners Inc. has announced a new partner. Robert F. Obst, a long-time client of the firm in his capacity as head of human resources for MacroGenics, Inc. and, previously, MedImmune, Inc. Bob brings significant experience in successfully building life sciences organizations to his role as Partner. Most recently he was the