Catalyst Advisors Elects Sara Hagar Partner; West Coast Presence Expands with Key Hires

NEW YORK, January 6, 2016 — Catalyst Advisors, a leading global search firm specializing in recruiting board members, chief executive officers and senior leadership for innovative biopharma companies, today announced that Sara Hagar, a recruiter at Catalyst Advisors since its founding, has been named a partner. In addition, two senior search professionals from the life sciences industry, Amy Bottoms and Steve Aeby, recently joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Hagar joined Catalyst Advisors in 2008 as a Director, recruiting board directors, CEOs and other senior executives for a range of biopharma organizations. Her previous executive recruiting experience included six years as a member of the Healthcare Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.

“Board members and CEOs rely on Sara for her insight and advice, particularly regarding a candidate’s cultural fit,” said John Archer, the firm’s founder. “Her understanding of issues from the perspective of both companies and candidates has won her respect from both sides of the table. Sara is an important leader at Catalyst Advisors and we are delighted to recognize her as a partner of the firm.”

“It has been an honor to be with the firm since its beginning as it has grown from a small group of dedicated people to a truly global organization,” Hagar said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to build the leadership teams biopharma companies need to succeed at a time when investor expectations are high and the pace of the market is unrelenting.”

The addition of Amy Bottoms and Steve Aeby is part of the firm’s continuing growth strategy. Bottoms, who joins Catalyst Advisors as a Director, comes to the firm from Heidrick & Struggles, where she spent 17 years in the Life Sciences Practice, most recently as an Engagement Manager. Steve Aeby joins the firm as a Senior Associate, having spent two decades as an independent senior executive search consultant for a variety of innovative healthcare companies in the Bay Area.

“Amy and Steve bring a wealth of experience to Catalyst Advisors at a time when competition for transformative leadership in the biopharma industry has never been higher,” said Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D., Partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Christos Richards, also a Partner in Los Angeles, added, “Search assignments rarely come to us without a sense of urgency. Adding Amy and Steve to our team allows us to continue to meet our clients’ expectations under increasingly compressed timelines.”

About Catalyst Advisors

Catalyst Advisors is a premier executive search firm devoted to finding transformative board directors, chief executive officers and senior executives for innovative biopharma companies ranging from established global enterprises to start-ups backed by leading venture funds. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in London and Los Angeles.

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