May 23, 2012 – Global executive search firm Bench International has acquired TRIOS Search Partners, an executive search and human resources consulting firm specializing in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Karen Fulmer, founder and president of TRIOS Search Partners, joins Bench as a senior vice president. She will help lead Bench's business development and recruiting activities. Ms. Fulmer founded TRIOS in 2009 and has worked with clients ranging from start-ups to large, global pharmaceutical companies to provide strategic staffing, branding and HR consulting support. “Merging the two firms is a natural fit given our shared dedication to bringing unique, innovative leaders to the life sciences sector,” said Denise (DeeDee) DeMan, chairman and chief executive officer of Bench. “Karen's extensive experience in life sciences executive recruiting and HR consulting is a valuable asset to our continued growth. We welcome Karen back to our global team.” Bench International specializes exclusively in providing senior talent to the global life sciences sector.