About Us

Specialized in the life science industry, Catalyst Advisors is a global executive recruitment and leadership advisory firm focused on building transformational boardrooms and executive leadership teams. We guide our clients through their maturation journeys and serve as trusted advisors at critical junctures in their mission to advance affordable, innovative diagnostics and therapeutics with the potential to change patients’ lives.


Solutions And Expertise

Catalyst Advisors is an international executive recruitment and advisory firm that is singularly focused on bringing visionary leaders to transformative life sciences companies. They seek meaningful partnerships, and their high success rate is underpinned by a white-glove approach to connecting companies with high-caliber leaders who will drive tomorrow’s scientific innovations. Their recruitment assignments include board members, C-Suite executives, senior management and scientific executives across all functions and disciplines.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Succession Planning

News Briefings

Catalyst Advisors Names Partner

Catalyst Advisors recently named Todd Hutchings as a new partner, expanding the firm’s presence on the West Coast. “The hire further strengthens Catalyst’s mission of connecting innovative companies with exceptional talent, drawing on Todd’s expertise recruiting across sectors including diagnostics, med tech, pharma/biotech and tools and instruments,” the search firm said. “We are thrilled to

Selecting the Right Candidate Begins with Emotional Connection

The recruiting market today is highly competitive and experienced senior leaders are in high demand across every industry. This is particularly the case with the biopharma industry, where companies invest enormous amounts of time and money into the recruitment process. For these businesses, critical executive hires are needed to accelerate pipelines and commercialization of critical

Bridging Social Distancing to Make Key Hires 

Senior executives and business leaders are navigating through contingency plans, employee safety measures and remote work set-ups all while making key recruitments without face-to-face interviews. A new report from Catalyst Advisors’ Amy Bottoms and Borjana Fermaud says that this is all far from what we previously considered ideal. Yet, the current environment brings an important question to the

Catalyst Advisors Opens Office in Cambridge, Names Partner

Persistent talent shortages and the need to develop and retain employees with critical business and technology skill-sets will continue to challenge global life sciences companies for the foreseeable future, according to Deloitte’s global sector outlook on life sciences. Navigating this new world of work requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent and human resources.

Press Releases

Catalyst Advisors LP Appoints New Director To Support European Expansion

NEW YORK, July 26, 2022 – Catalyst Advisors LP, an international executive recruitment and assessment firm singularly focused on life sciences, announced today the appointment of new Director, Andrew (AJ) MacBride Brown. Mr. MacBride Brown’s robust search and advisory experience in the life sciences industry will be instrumental in connecting high-caliber board and C-suite candidates

Catalyst Advisors LP Appoints New Partner To Support Global Expansion, Commitment To DE&I-Focused Leadership

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Catalyst Advisors LP, an international executive recruitment and assessment firm singularly focused on life sciences, today announced that Cissy Young, PhD, will join the firm as a partner. Based in Boston, Dr. Young is a trusted advisor to Boards and CEOs on leadership topics, including assessment, recruitment and development of executive talent, bench

Catalyst Advisors LP Promotes Borjana Fermaud to Principal

(Jan. 13, 2021) Catalyst Advisors LP, an international executive recruitment and assessment firm singularly focused on life sciences, today announced the promotion of Borjana Fermaud from Director to Principal. “Since joining us two years ago, Borjana has leveraged the professional services skills she developed at GLG Institute to become a highly valued and sought-after advisor

Catalyst Advisors LP Announces New Hire Kelsey Hallman

(Feb. 9, 2021) Catalyst Advisors LP, an international executive recruitment and assessment firm focused on life sciences, announces new Associate Director, Kelsey Hallman. Ms. Hallman joins the Catalyst Advisors team in delivering targeted talent solutions to support clients’ executive leadership and board needs. “Kelsey will be an integral contributor to our on-going and future client

Catalyst Advisors Announces Gilbert Forest as Partner, and New Office in Cambridge, MA

NEW YORK, NY, Nov 13, 2018 – Catalyst Advisors, L.P., a global life sciences executive recruiting firm, announced that Gilbert Forest has joined the firm as a partner. Gilbert brings over 20 years of experience in the talent strategy and recruiting space. For much of that time, he was a partner with a global executive search firm