Strawn Arnold & Associates Expands

Strawn Arnold hires Tony Yost and Barry Duke

September 5, 2017 – Life science and healthcare executive search firm Strawn Arnold & Associates has expanded with the additions of Tony Yost and Barry Duke as executive vice presidents.

Mr. Yost has more than 30 years of pharmaceutical and diagnostic experience in both large and small companies. Most recently, he was chief commercial officer for Otonomy, a specialty pharmaceutical company, after serving in the same role for Prometheus Labs and EKR Therapeutics. Previously he was general manager for the Western U.S. operating unit of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, after serving as the president of Innovex, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical sales and marketing services division of Quintiles Transnational. Mr. Yost has also held various commercial, international, and general management positions at Schering-Plough, Boehringer Mannheim Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company.

With more than three decades of working in life sciences, Mr. Yost has developed an extensive network across many functional areas in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries, including business development, sales, marketing, market access, medical, operations and manufacturing.

Mr. Duke, for his part, has more than 30 years of experience in the biopharma industry. Most recently, he served as EVP, chief commercial officer at Collegium Pharmaceutical. In that role, he built a launch-ready commercial organization from scratch with over 200 employees and supporting infrastructure within 15 months. Prior to that job, he served as VP of sales and marketing for Sanofi/ Genzyme and was the U.S. commercial lead for a $400 million orthopedic product. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility with small and mid-size to large, well-established organizations including: the Upjohn Company, Centocor, Astra USA, the Liposome Company, Élan and Enzon.

Mr. Duke’s search work focuses on senior leadership placements at the board, C-suite, VP and director levels. Among his attributes, he has been an operating executive within the biopharma industry, which includes a broad network of contacts across commercial operations, medical, regulatory, clinical and business development.


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“We are excited that Barry and Tony have joined our team” said Jeff Ashpitz, president and managing director of Strawn Arnold & Associates. “Their experience, expertise, leadership and outstanding track record of accomplishment as senior executives in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic industries will serve them well in helping companies recruit top talent.”

“Like Tony and Barry, all of Strawn Arnold consultants were senior executives in the life sciences industry before entering executive search,” he said. “We have stood in our clients’ shoes, which provides us with a unique perspective as to the types of individuals who can be successful in the executive roles that our clients are trying to fill.”

Founded in 1974, Strawn Arnold is a boutique firm focused in the life sciences, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare IT and the payer/ provider sectors. All of the firm’s partners have held significant executive and line management positions with major healthcare companies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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