Odgers Berndtson Appoints Chairman of Global Life Sciences Practice

September 12, 2022 – Odgers Berndtson has named Henry Miller as partner and chairman of its global life sciences practice. “We are thrilled that Henry has joined the firm as chairman of the global life sciences practice,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson US. “His leadership abilities and personal knowledge will allow him to create and execute strategy around revenue growth and talent development in the E.U., Eastern Europe, and Asia, helping to develop and leverage client services alongside our life sciences and healthcare partners around the world. The depth of Henry’s long-standing positioning within the life sciences industry enable him to immediately serve as a trusted advisor to our clients as well as help develop new ones.”

Mr. Miller joins Odgers Berndtson after eight years with Diversified Search Group, where he was managing partner of the life sciences practice. Before that, he was with Solomon Page Group for six years as SVP and global life sciences practice leader. He started his career at Heidrick & Struggles. In addition to Mr. Miller’s life sciences and healthcare focus, he has worked with a wide spectrum of Fortune 50 companies as well as with pre-IPO, start-up companies helping them recruit board directors and other talent.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of Rider University with a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational behavior. He currently serves on the boards of Glycadia Pharmaceuticals and Eluna, a non-profit organization supporting families and children impacted by grief or addiction.

“I am delighted to bring my combination of practical industry experience, advisory insights, and deep executive search relationships to Odgers Berndtson,” said Mr. Miller. “I am looking forward to joining and leading this global platform that is experienced working with and attracting transformational talent for the changing needs of distinctive international business organizations, board directors, and C-suite executives. It is also exciting to have the opportunity to work with innovative new search tools like OB Dynamics, IdenX, and OrgShakers.”

Odgers Berndtson delivers executive search, leadership assessment, and development strategies to organizations globally. The firm’s 250-plus partners cover more than 50 sectors and operate out of 59 offices in 29 countries. The U.S. wing of the firm launched in 2011 and has been one of the fastest growing search firms in the Americas. It now ranks No. 12 on the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters ranking. Odgers Berndtson has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Recent Appointments

In July, the firm added Larry Rubin as partner and co-head for its U.S.-Latin American practice. In this role, he will work closely with other practice area leaders and country managers.  “It’s exciting to grow our presence in Latin America and be able to offer our clients even more value in this region,” said Mr. Potter. “Larry has deep connections in the Latin America business community which will be invaluable to our clients with growth aspirations there.” Mr. Rubin has experience leading in large, complex corporations and a 10-year track record in the executive search industry. He also is president and chairman of the American Society of Mexico, where he leads the organization in fostering cultural, business, and civic ties between the U.S. and Mexico. In this role, he works closely with the U.S. ambassador (honorary president), representing two million Americans living in-country, companies, and NGOs.

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Odgers Berndtson recently added Jonathan Davies as a partner to launch a new U.S. media and entertainment practice for the firm, based in Los Angeles. “Jonathan is an incredible addition to our team and a great example of our commitment to continuing to expand our media and digital expertise,” said Mr. Potter. “We are delighted to add a partner with such a strong track record and breadth of experience in the industry.”  With more than 25 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Mr. Davies has held a variety of C-suite global leadership positions with U.S.-based media companies including CNN, Discovery International, and Eurosport. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years in senior roles at media and advertising agencies, including Mindshare, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Ogilvy.

Odgers Berndtson also recently named Conrad Woody, partner and leader of the firm’s association and corporate affairs practice, as head of its Washington, D.C., office. “Today, organizations are held to a very high standard of transparency, constant communication and managing public reputation,” said Mr. Potter. “We are well positioned in D.C. to pinpoint and place leaders with the global experience and political savvy to be successful in high-pressure corporate affairs roles, and I look forward to Conrad’s leadership to elevate our presence in Washington and the broader Mid-Atlantic market.”

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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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