May 9, 2019 – Growing market pressures, rapidly evolving advances in all of the sciences and stringent regulatory standards are forcing many life sciences organizations to re-invent themselves. “Life sciences companies – including specialists in precision medicine, pharmaceuticals, wearables and mobile health – need creative leaders to set a new direction and develop innovative operating strategies,” according to New York City-headquartered executive search firm Battalia Winston.
Bolstering its life sciences’ practice, Battalia Winston recently added former Akers Biosciences executive Doug Carrara as a partner. Mr. Carrara is an experienced senior-level executive with over 30 years in the medical device and diagnostic markets. He has worked across sales, marketing, customer operations and consulting on a global basis in both Fortune 500 and small companies.
Prior to joining Battalia Winston, Mr. Carrara was a member of the senior executive team of Akers Biosciences, where he served as the senior vice president of global marketing and commercial operations. Previously, he was with Quest Diagnostics where he led the northeast business unit as the senior director of strategic accounts focusing on developing relationships across the C-suite of major healthcare delivery systems and acute care centers. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carrara held numerous domestic and global leadership roles at Becton Dickinson. There, he held leadership roles at the corporate level as well as in the field, both domestically and overseas.
Throughout his career, Mr. Carrara has focused on the importance of selection, development and retention of talent. “As a certified coach, he takes pride in assisting individuals in achieving and exceeding their goals, both personally and professionally,” said Battalia Winston.
“We’re thrilled to have Doug join our team,” said Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO at Battalia Winston. “His expertise in medical device and diagnostics will augment our strong life science practice. In addition, his functional knowledge in sales and marketing with enhance our capabilities.”
Closing the Deal with Candidates in the Life Sciences Sector
The competitive landscape of the life sciences industry is transforming recruiting. “Growing pressure to rapidly advance scientific discovery and expand market share is making the competition to attract top talent as fierce as ever,” according to a report by Dan Strauss, head of the pharmacovigilance and risk management practice at Klein Hersh International.
“I am excited by the forces currently affecting the marketplace” said Mr. Carrara. “The collision of generations, improvements in technology and increasing global business climate requires a very strategic approach to ensure that a company has a productive and adaptable workforce. To that end, companies need a strategy that that align talent with deliverables that provide value to its shareholders and most importantly its customers.”
Battalia Winston was founded in 1963, and today is one of the world’s largest woman-owned executive search firms. The firm has offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Woodbridge, NJ and Washington, D.C. Over the past 50 years Battalia Winston has conducted executive search assignments and established expertise in virtually every major industry and functional area. Clients range from early-stage companies to Fortune 100 global enterprises. Each of Battalia Winston’s partners concentrates in an industry group reflecting his or her individual expertise. These practice groups include: life sciences, healthcare services, technology, media and entertainment, industrial products, professional services, financial services, consumer, legal, risk, compliance, family business, diversity and inclusion, retail and non-profit.
Battalia Winston’s life sciences practice has decades of experience recruiting exceptional chief medical officers, CEOs, COOs, physicians, researchers and other senior-level medical professionals. The firm said that it “identifies transformational leaders who can create new opportunities for growth, embrace data-driven operating strategies and drive success.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media