Catalyst Advisors


Catalyst Advisors is a premier executive recruiting firm committed to working with a select group of companies to help them build transformational boardroom and executive leadership teams. Our assignments include searches for board members, chief executive officers, senior management and scientific executives across all functions and disciplines, and for companies at all stages of development and growth.

Our seasoned partners are supported by equally experienced team members based out of our offices in New York, London and Los Angeles.

Catalyst’s process-driven approach allows for agile adjustment and continuous learning and is derived from decades of experience advising boards, CEOs and human resources leaders on mission-critical talent issues. We combine the art and science of search through:

  • A commitment to push our clients and ourselves in the pursuit of transformational talent
  • A deep understanding of our clients’ business and their culture, of where they are, where they are going and the talent they will need to get there
  • Reach that transcends geographic borders and industry silos
  • Evaluation of candidates not only on technical acumen and track record but personality, cultural fit and other intangibles
  • Personalized, partner-level service and a team-based approach that provides a consistently high level of responsiveness with attention to each detail
  • A commitment to transparency and honesty with both clients and candidates


Catalyst Advisors Adds Partner Arnaldo De Lisio London

Catalyst Advisors Adds New 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

Catalyst Advisors Completes Three Biopharma CEO Searches

In the biopharma industry, the evolution from clinical trials to regulatory approval and taking a product to market is perhaps the biggest inflection point in a growth company’s trajectory, even more so, in some cases, than an IPO. Because this shift demands a new set of organizational competencies, experience and structure, companies preparing for commercialization

Catalyst Advisors Completes Top Search for Gilead Sciences

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Alessandro Riva, M.D., at Gilead Sciences, Inc. as senior vice president of hematology and oncology therapeutic area head and member of its executive committee. Catalyst recruiter Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D., led the search along with colleague Amy Bottoms. He will report to executive vice president of clinical research John McHutchison,

Catalyst Advisors Recruits CEO for Acceleron Pharma

Executive search firm Catalyst Advisors has placed Habib Dable as president and chief executive officer of Acceleron Pharma Inc. He succeeds John Knopf who has announced his retirement. Catalyst John Archer and Sara Hagar led the search. Mr. Dable joins Acceleron from Bayer AG, where he most recently served as president of pharmaceuticals for Bayer in the U.S. In this role, he was

How to Recruit for a Revolution

When an industry goes into overdrive for an extended period and the rate of growth outstrips the supply of proven leaders, the senior talent management function comes under particular stress. Those conditions create both challenges and opportunities for the recruiters serving that industry. In the last several years, few sectors have been moving as quickly


Arnaldo De Lisio Joins Catalyst Advisors as Partner, Expanding the Firm’s European Presence

LONDON, October 9, 2017 – Catalyst Advisors, L.P., a global executive recruitment firm focusing on board, C-level and other senior engagements for high-growth life sciences companies, today announced that Arnaldo De Lisio has joined as a Partner. He will be based in London along with Simon Bartholomew, who opened that office in 2014. “Arnaldo is a

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,