Kestria Names Healthcare and Life Sciences Americas Practice Leader

October 13, 2022 – Healthcare and life sciences are among the largest industries in the world and have increased in status since 2019. Aside from the pandemic, the healthcare industry has experienced significant growth and change over recent years. Kestria, formerly known as IRC Global Executive Search Partners, recently appointed Céline Chabée as healthcare and life sciences Americas practice leader.

“It is a pleasure to have Céline as our imminent regional leader of healthcare & life sciences practice group for the Americas,” said Manish Mehta, global healthcare and life science practice leader. “Céline‘s deep knowledge and specialization in the practice group will go a long way for client development and thought leadership.”

Ms. Chabée leads Pender & Howe’s development in the life sciences industry, specifically with a focus on cutting-edge pharmaceutical and clinical research, digital and medical health, pharmacology, and artificial intelligence companies. Previously, she built and led the scientific practice for Lock Search Group, Pender & Howe’s sister firm.

“I am thrilled and honored to be taking on the Americas regional leader role for life sciences practice group,” Ms. Chabée said. “Working with executive-level life-changing scientific expertise and inspirational leaders globally requires precision, competence, and international presence to bring valuable connections and deliver proven insights to stakeholders.”

“Much like the talents we know and understand, we echo their approach by bringing visionary leaders to transformative companies through our tailored, efficient, and consistent search approach, supporting world-class innovators that are driving the future of healthcare,” said Ms. Chabée. “As part of Kestria, we share our niche expertise by understanding challenges within different life science domains and its domestic realities.”

Kestria has partners in over 80 cities across Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The consortium has completed more than 30,000 assignments for more than 3,000 clients in virtually every industry segment and function, according to the firm. Kestria has completed over 40,000 searches for over 4,000 clients, serving everyone from start-ups to major global players.

New Executive Board

Kestria recently elected a new executive board. The board consists of the following members: Rania Abdalla, Tom Berray, Michael Kantel, Katerina Meimaroglou, and Rohan Carr (IRC Australia), IRC executive board president. Ms. Meimaroglou, the managing partner of IRC Greece (MEIHUNT, corporate talent management), has been elected as a new IRC executive board member.

Kestria is present in over 45 countries on six continents. More than 50 percent of its partner firms are led by females. IRC consultants speak 41 languages and represent 50-plus nationalities. “We are delighted that Katerina will join and strength our already talented board,” said Mr. Carr, president of Kestria. “She will bring a new and unique perspective and we look forward to her contribution.”

Ms. Meimaroglou focuses on executive search at the senior level, especially in FMCG, pharma, and retail industries. Before establishing her own company, she was a partner of Cornerstone International Group. She brings corporate experience in HR management from multinational organizations such as the Coca-Cola Co., where she worked for almost six years in HR regional and marketing manager roles across Greece, Cyprus, and Malta. Prior to that, she worked for British Petroleum as HR advisor.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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