Patina Solutions Names Life Sciences Practice Leader

April 7, 2017 – Professional services firm Patina Solutions recently expanded with the addition of Jodi Brendel as managing partner in Minnesota where she will lead the firm’s life sciences search practice. “Jodi will be an excellent addition to the Patina leadership team,” said Tom McBride, Patina chief operating officer. “Her leadership experience in life sciences is impressive and we look forward to her contributions to the Minnesota market as well as to the many life sciences companies who make their home here.”

He said companies today are facing a crushing need for talent and that recruiters can help to identify experienced professionals to fill their talent gaps and transfer knowledge. “As 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age each day, they leave behind a gap in skills and talent that Jodi and the rest of our team in Minnesota is poised to help clients address,” said Mr. McBride.

Ms. Brendel has more than 25 years of experience in managing and scaling businesses to profitable growth both nationally and globally. She has a track record of building high performance teams for both large and small companies across multiple business sectors. “The most critical factor to any company driving consistent and profitable growth is its team,” said Ms. Brendel. “As managing partner for Patina, I am excited to assist business leaders in addressing their urgent business needs by providing talent with essential expertise at the most crucial times.”


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Before joining Patina, Ms. Brendel was an executive consultant applying her commercial leadership experience to drive growth for emerging life sciences and food & agribusiness companies. Prior to that, she held executive positions at several companies, including Synovis Life Technologies, where her leadership was instrumental to the sale of the company to Baxter Healthcare in 2014. She also held executive positions at Hill-Rom Corporation and Medtronic.

Expanding Life Sciences Hub

The Minnesota market is one a number of expanding U.S. hubs for sciences innovation, making Ms. Brendel’s expertise especially valuable to the firm in this market. Minnesota also has a long history of life science activity. More than 600 life science and medical companies currently work in Minnesota, including Medtronic; Boston Scientific; 3M; Bayer Interventional Solutions; Smiths Medical; Hawkins Pharmaceutical; St. Jude; Perrigo; Upsher-Smith; Tonrnier; and Beckman Coulter.

Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent or support any other critical initiative. It uses a tailored approach to deliver its recruiting solutions, including flexible fee structures. It also offers an interim-to-hire option, allowing businesses to work with executive candidates before making them a permanent offer.

Angel Investments and Expansion

Patina Solutions recently expanded with the addition of Conrad Lee as lead executive search partner. Based out of Tampa, he is responsible for executive recruiting at the C-suite level and for key functional positions. Mr. Lee, by his estimation, has completed over 450 search projects over the course of his career. Previously, he was a partner in the global technology & services practice with DHR International.

Both appointments follow a capital funding round in which Patina secured $3.45 million to support its growth and expansion efforts. Individual angel investors contributed a significant portion of that investment. Patina has used that funding to grow exponentially, increasing revenue over 200 percent in the past three years.

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

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