July 24, 2012 – Global executive search firm Bench International has named Catherine Balin as a senior vice president. Ms. Balin will help lead Bench's retained executive search and strategic human resources consulting activities. With more than three decades of experience with talent identification and human resources strategic planning in industries including healthcare and financial services, she was previously a vice president for EXTTI, Incorporated, a California-based human resources consulting firm. There, she serves as a human resource consultant for a variety of industries, including global life sciences. Prior to EXTTI, she worked with Bench for 11 years. During that time, she helped the firm establish long-term relationships with life sciences companies and brought unique talent to the sector. “Cathy is rejoining Bench at a time when the life sciences sector is undergoing a transformation and desperately needs agile leaders who are committed to new ways of thinking,” said Denise (DeeDee) DeMan, chairman and chief executive officer of Bench. “I have no doubt that Cathy's world-class executive recruiting and human resources consulting expertise will be invaluable to our clients. We're thrilled to welcome Cathy back to our global team.” Bench International specializes exclusively in providing senior talent to the global life sciences sector.