September 14, 2016 – Life sciences-focused executive search firm The RSA Group has appointed Alex Bennett as its new chief executive officer. He replaces Chris Molloy, who leaves the firm to head up the U.K. Medicines Discovery Catapult.
Mr. Bennett comes to RSA with an international track record in senior level life sciences executive search, specializing in medical devices and diagnostics. His most recent global leadership roles have been at CTPartners and DHR International, where he served as managing partner for its global medical devices & diagnostics business as well as its London office. He also gained search experience with U.K.-headquartered executive search firm Ruston Poole International.
Before moving into executive search, Mr. Bennett worked as a senior executive leading the commercial operations of a U.S. medical device company, Alveolus Inc.
Domain Knowledge and Global Network
“We’re delighted that Alex is joining our firm,” said Nick Stephens, executive chairman of RSA. “He brings a powerful combination of domain knowledge and a global network that will add value to existing and to new clients. His skills and experience, combined with our distinctive due diligence methodology will drive the next phase of our evolution.”
“I am tremendously excited to be joining RSA as CEO. This promises to be a significant period in the company’s history in which we will expand our expertise and global footprint,” said Mr. Bennett. “Our service will evolve in line with our clients’ needs, cementing our global reputation as the life science industry’s leading executive search specialist. Those involved in talent acquisition must evolve to meet clients’ demands for increasingly sophisticated insights and advice as they seek the very best talent. RSA’s approach is forward-looking and we will define that future for our clients, candidates and the industry as a whole.”
With offices in the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, Singapore and China, The RSA Group is focused on the life sciences, advising on the selection, assessment and onboarding of board and senior executive talent.
“RSA has a unique vision and service to support our clients in making strategic talent decisions,” said outgoing CEO Mr. Molloy. “Alex’s arrival reflects the ambition the firm has to scale, and extend its reach across all sectors of the life sciences and healthcare: drugs, diagnostics, devices, data and services. I look forward to maintaining my many personal and professional links with RSA as it continues to grow.”
Leadership Transitions Within the Search Industry
A handful of top leadership positions have shifted at executive search firms recently. Here’s a closer look at what’s been happening lately:
- Executive search firm Slone Partners appointed Leslie Loveless as its CEO. She succeeded Adam Slone, who founded the firm in 2000. Ms. Loveless joined Slone Partners in 2007 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, she served as director of training and development for AmeriPath;
- U.K.-based executive search firm Morgan Hunt named Sue Cooper as its new CEO. Ms. Cooper joined Morgan Hunt as a director in 2011 leading the firm’s education, health and community services practices. She was then appointed managing director in 2013;
- Tatum, an interim services and executive search firm, appointed Macon Albertson as its new president. He previously served as senior vice president of Randstad Professionals;
- Georgia-based search firm Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting tapped Alan G. Medders Ph.D. as its president. Most recently, Dr. Medders was with Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia where he served as vice president for university advancement and executive director of the CSU Foundation;
- U.K.-headquartered executive recruiter Norman Broadbent appointed Mike Brennan as group CEO. He previously served as director and global client partner / global head of executive talent & competitive intelligence at Alexander Mann Solutions. He also co-founded and served as CEO of Human Capital Resources;
- Sucherman Group, an executive search firm dedicated to finding leaders in the media and entertainment space, named Jamie Waldron as its new president. With more than two decades of West Coast leadership, Mr. Waldron has placed dozens of senior level executives at top media companies within the entertainment and social media sectors;
- AIMS International appointed Pierangelo Favero as its new president. In 1999, Mr. Favero established AIMS in Italy where he provides organizations a full suite of talent management solutions, including executive recruitment and people development.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media