December 1, 2017 – U.K.-headquartered life sciences specialist Bailey Fisher Executive Search has expanded with the addition of Josef Woodward as director and leader of private markets.
Mr. Woodward brings extensive experience in executive search, business strategy and management. Previously, he held director roles with two executive search firms. He was on the management team for a boutique executive search firm in the property industry, before spending five years in a business strategy role with international premium branded family business Fenix Outdoor, where he specialized in sporting equipment.
Based in the U.K., Mr. Woodward was responsible for realigning the firm’s channel to market while protecting the brand identity. As a result, the firm secured major online retailers as clients and increased turnover from £8 million to £25 million over a four-year period.
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At Bailey Fisher, Mr. Woodward plays a key role in running the private markets practice, supporting the growth of owner managed, privately owned, private equity backed and listed companies through the introduction of impactful individuals to the senior leadership team, said the firm. His focus is on driving growth through innovation and partnering with businesses that are typically looking to innovate through realigning their route to market.
Mr. Woodward is currently working with a FTSE 250 international group of businesses, leading the search for a managing director for one of their high-growth subsidiaries. He is also managing the search for a business strategy director to support continued growth across the U.K., Europe, U.S. and APAC.
“I am excited to have joined the team and am keen to support the continued expansion of the private markets practice,” said Mr. Woodward. “There is huge potential within the many dynamic private companies in the region, looking to diversify and innovate. I have already been meeting many of these companies and feel very positive about working with them to add value.”
Paul Bailey, founding partner of Bailey Fisher, said Mr. Woodward is an ideal addition to the firm. “He has a wealth of experience and connections and really understands family run and owner managed businesses,” said Mr. Bailey. “Josef is already proving a huge asset to the Bailey Fisher team and I am looking forward to working with him to support the continued growth of our private markets clients.”
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Bailey Fisher Executive Search is an independent recruitment firm that operates globally to find talent in technology, life sciences, digital health and private markets. Established in 1998, it has offices in Cambridge and London. The firm recently filled CEO roles for Spectral Edge, Novintum Bioscience, BHR Group and Digital Assess.
Recently, Baily Fisher added Iain Hopper as director of digital health & life sciences. Mr. Hopper has developed a strong network throughout the U.K., Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, said the firm. His most recent focus was pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; he worked with market leaders including Roche, Novartis and Gilead on senior- and executive-level appointments. Previously, he served as manager of life sciences at Tardis Group, a London-based search firm.
Earlier this year, Baily Fisher entered the French market in partnership with Agnes Babule, an experienced executive search professional who covers a wide range of sectors. Specializing in senior-level positions, she works closely with clients ranging from high potential, early-stage ventures to large corporates.
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