Lantern Partners Launches Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Names New Sector Leader

May 24, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.

Recently, Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Lantern Partners launched a new healthcare and life sciences practice and named James Pruett as partner and practice leader.

Healthcare and life sciences has been a growth area of Lantern Partners’ business for nearly a decade, with clients including GE Healthcare and IQVIA along with many investor-backed companies in the healthcare technology space.

Lantern added healthcare and life sciences as its newest core practice area to complement existing practices in investor-backed technology, information officers and management consulting. As leader of the new practice, Mr. Pruett will develop and manage national client relationships, lead client engagements and deliver high-performing talent within the C-suite, operations, finance, human resources, strategy, research and development, and sales.

“We have built a solid foundation in the healthcare, life sciences and healthtech arenas, and we believe that this is the right time to elevate this into a core practice area,” said Paul Maranville, managing partner of Lantern Partners. “We couldn’t be more excited to have someone of Jamie’s caliber join our team and lead that effort.”

“As the regulatory environment and the move toward consolidation continues to transform the healthcare industry, we are armed with the expertise, breadth of services, focus and integrity that will allow us to continue to service our healthcare clients to the highest possible degree,” he said.

With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, life sciences and professional/financial services industries, Mr. Pruett has earned a solid reputation serving a breadth of clients, including BJC HealthCare, Centene, Duke University Health System, Invacare, National Marrow Donor Program (BeTheMatch), SP Industries and Ventas.


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Previously, Mr. Pruett was managing director of Diversified Search. During his executive search career, he has held various roles with Russell Reynolds Associates, Korn Ferry, Morgan Samuels and Equinox. He spent the early part of his career as a consultant in the healthcare practice at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he led engagements in human capital, organizational development and change management.

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“We are seeing historically stand-alone healthcare organizations begin to evolve into larger healthcare hubs within their communities,” said Mr. Pruett. “When it comes to bringing in the right talent to lead these organizations, Lantern Partners is perfectly positioned to help its clients navigate this transformation. I am passionate about recruiting executives for outstanding and inspiring purpose- and mission-driven organizations in healthcare, life sciences and beyond, as these clients will have profound impact on their respective industries.”

“I look forward to contributing my expertise and perspective in building out Lantern’s healthcare practice and positively influencing our clients’ ability to grow and succeed in a constantly changing industry,” he said.

Founded in 2003, Lantern Partners is a retained recruitment firm focused on C-level and executive leadership positions for the investor-backed technology, professional services, and healthcare and life sciences industries as well as information officers across a wide variety of sectors.

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

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