April 27, 2018 – Kingfisher Talent, a Boston-based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development, has partnered with d`Anvers & Co., a bespoke relocation and real estate services company. The two will collaborate to provide a comprehensive offering of settling-in services for human capital managers and top talent.
“For our clients here in the Boston biotech hub, this collaboration adds further value when approaching international and U.S.-based recruitment,” said Lucy Watson-Baker, president of Kingfisher Talent. “We not only take care of executive search but also can refer d’Anvers & Co. as bespoke relocation professionals who will help individuals and their families to have a smooth settling-in experience when moving here. This is an integral part of Kingfisher’s philosophy to provide a more personal experience beyond a simple transaction between a company and a new hire.”
Helping Life Sciences Companies
Kingfisher Talent was launched in 2016 to provide executive search services to life sciences companies in Massachusetts. Ms. Watson-Baker, an executive search veteran in the life sciences industry, has worked in search and talent acquisition for over 15 years. She was previously a partner with MSI Life Sciences, a boutique search firm, where she co-founded its life sciences practice. Ms. Watson-Baker is joined by consultants Susan Peppercorn, Carol Bergeron, Carol Nicholson, Karen Carmody and Jacqueline Sonnabend.
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Just recently, Kingfisher Talent and Virdis Group, global executive search specialists in the life science and healthcare sectors, created an alliance that enables clients to leverage the expertise and reach of both organizations. Ms. Watson-Baker said the partnership offers clients greater opportunities for top talent from around the world. “For our clients here in the Boston biotech hub, this collaboration provides unparalleled access to a diverse population of leadership talent throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America, across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and beyond,” she said. “Kingfisher and Virdis are both specialists with a strong heritage, and we are united in our commitment to providing exceptional service.”
“We’re seeing life sciences companies in Massachusetts being held back because they’re struggling to compete for great hires,” said Ms. Watson-Baker. “Bringing top performers into the fold within this market is what keeps CEOs up at night. Getting the right team in place and retaining those people so the business can grow is a make-or-break proposition.”
Massachusetts is a growing global hub for life sciences innovation. According to the Boston Business Journal, the biotech sector accounts for many of the fastest-growing companies in the state. Coupled with an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, the result is low labor supply and intense competition for top leaders. Given these realities, Deloitte’s 2016 “Global Life Sciences Outlook” identified talent shortages as a continuing obstacle for companies looking to grow and evolve.
“Missed opportunities in the executive search and hiring process can limit a company’s chances for immediate growth and long-term success, especially for startups and small to mid-size businesses,” said Ms. Watson-Baker. “Part of our mission is to level the playing field by giving clients an elite level of customized services. We help clients choose the best available talent, retain that talent, and ultimately fulfill their strategic vision.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media