The RSA Group Names New CEO

September 14, 2016 – Life sciences-focused executive search firm The RSA Group has appointed Alex Bennett as its new chief executive officer. He replaces Chris Molloy, who leaves the firm to head up the U.K. Medicines Discovery Catapult.

Mr. Bennett comes to RSA with an international track record in senior level life sciences executive search, specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. His most recent global leadership roles have been at CTPartners and DHR International, where he served as managing partner for its global medical devices & diagnostics business as well as its London office. He also gained search experience with U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Ruston Poole International.

Before moving into executive search, Mr. Bennett worked as a senior executive leading the commercial operations of a U.S. medical device company, Alveolus Inc.

Domain Knowledge and Global Network

“We’re delighted that Alex is joining our firm,” said Nick Stephens, executive chairman of RSA. “He brings a powerful combination of domain knowledge and a global network that will add value to existing and to new clients. His skills and experience, combined with our distinctive due diligence methodology will drive the next phase of our evolution.”

“I am tremendously excited to be joining RSA as CEO. This promises to be a significant period in the company’s history in which we will expand our expertise and global footprint,” said Mr. Bennett. “Our service will evolve in line with our clients’ needs, cementing our global reputation as the life science industry’s leading executive search specialist. Those involved in talent acquisition must evolve to meet clients’ demands for increasingly sophisticated insights and advice as they seek the very best talent. RSA’s approach is forward-looking and we will define that future for our clients, candidates and the industry as a whole.”

With offices in the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Singapore and China, The RSA Group is focused on the life sciences, advising on the selection, assessment and onboarding of board and senior executive talent.

“RSA has a unique vision and service to support our clients in making strategic talent decisions,” said outgoing CEO Mr. Molloy. “Alex’s arrival reflects the ambition the firm has to scale, and extend its reach across all sectors of the life sciences and healthcare: drugs, diagnostics, devices, data and services. I look forward to maintaining my many personal and professional links with RSA as it continues to grow.”

Leadership Transitions Within the Search Industry

A handful of top leadership positions have shifted at executive search firms recently. Here’s a closer look at what’s been happening lately:

  • Sucherman Group, an executive search firm dedicated to finding leaders in the media and entertainment space, named Jamie Waldron as its new president. With more than two decades of West Coast leadership, Mr. Waldron has placed dozens of senior level executives at top media companies within the entertainment and social media sectors;

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

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