Bailey Fisher Executive Search Recruits CEO for Cambridge Wireless

May 30, 2024 – U.K.-headquartered life sciences specialist Bailey Fisher Executive Search has recruited Michaela Eschbach as the next chief executive officer of Cambridge Wireless. “We are delighted to welcome Michaela Eschbach as the new CEO of Cambridge Wireless,” said Steve Unger, chair of the Cambridge Wireless board. “Her appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Cambridge Wireless as our activities, events and membership continue to evolve and bring together a wide range of companies from across the tech ecosystem.”

“As CEO, Michaela will lead Cambridge Wireless forward in its mission to connect, inspire and support the tech community through networking events, industry initiatives and collaborative projects,” Mr. Eschbach said.

Ms. Eschbach comes to Cambridge Wireless with a track record as a founder and director, both in the not-for-profit and for-profit space. She was winner of the Cambridge News ‘Cambridge’s Most Influential Businesspeople Award’ in 2017 and was included in the EU-Startups’ Top 100: Europe’s Most Influential Women in the Startup and Venture Capital Space in 2023.

A results-oriented business leader with a 10+ year track record in senior leadership, excelling in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Ms. Eschbach most recently served as chief growth officer of Fundraising Bootcamp. Prior to that, she was CEO of Workfinder. Before this, Ms. Eschbach was managing director at Founders4Schools. During her career, she also gained experience serving in various senior positions with Form the Future and CAP Cambridge Area Partnership.

“As the new CEO of Cambridge Wireless, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization through a period of dynamic change in the tech landscape,” said Ms. Eschbach. “Together with our dedicated members, we will harness the power of innovation to not only adapt to the evolving industry but to also drive it forward, ensuring Cambridge Wireless remains the cornerstone of technological advancement and value creation.”

Cambridge Wireless is an international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With an active community of over 1000 technology companies ranging from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, Cambridge Wireless stimulate debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and help to build connections between academia and industry.

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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.

Recruiting Veterans

Andrew Moore is a co-owner of Bailey Fisher and leads the business with Toby Young. He focuses on the senior talent needs of ambitious technology and life sciences businesses, from venture backed start-ups to mature, publicly listed businesses. Mr. Moore has significant expertise, having spent over 20 years hiring boards and leadership teams for growth businesses across the U.K. He hires across the C-suite and board, focusing on chair/NXD, CFO and CEO searches. Mr. Moore joined Bailey Fisher in 2011 and took over leadership of the business following an MBO in 2018. Over the past decade, he has supported the growth of some of Cambridge and the U.K.’s most successful technology and life science businesses.

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Mr. Young has over 20 years’ experience in executive search. He is responsible for board and C-suite searches across the technology sector, with a particular focus on deep tech. Mr. Young has significant expertise across dynamic businesses at every stage of growth, from innovative start-ups to publicly listed companies. He specializes in working with later stage investor backed businesses, as they hire leadership talent to scale and prepare for exit. During 10 years at Bailey Fisher, Mr. Young has hired boards and management teams for some of Cambridge and the U.K.’s most ambitious technology companies. He advises executives on succession planning; and works closely with investors to identify investment opportunities.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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