RSR Partners Appoints Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Leader
January 18, 2019 – Greenwich, Conn-based RSR Partners has named Rebecca Holland New as a managing director, leading the firm’s healthcare and life sciences practice. She is based in Raleigh, NC.
Ms. New brings more than 20 years of extensive experience advising senior management on transitional and growth, talent and human capital strategies and was recently recognized as one of 2018’s Fiercest Women in Life Sciences by FiercePharma. Previously, she was executive vice president, enterprise operations, at Thermo Fisher Science. In 2017, she held a critical role around business management, acquisition diligence and personnel and operations integration when the company bought Patheon Pharma Services, where she was an officer and key executive. She was also responsible for leading global business services, client satisfaction and the contract development and manufacturing organization industry’s only end-to-end outsourcing offering.
Prior to that, Ms. New was acting pharma business unit head, global vice president, human resources at Bausch + Lomb, and also held human resources roles at Novo Nordisk and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She began her career in sports marketing with National Media Group.
“Rebecca is an accomplished talent integration specialist,” said Brett Stephens, CEO of RSR Partners. “She brings a rare combination of significant experience and commercial acumen in the life sciences space with a proclivity for managing and motivating teams through integration to high performance. Rebecca will further the firm’s ability to advise innovative clients in this fast-paced environment.”
Ms. New said she was happy to be joining RSR Partners and its healthcare and life services practice. “The pharmaceutical and biologics market is being reshaped by new therapies and global dynamics,” she said. “Leaders who understand the technical complexities of the changing life sciences industry are in high demand. I am excited to help clients unlock value in their talent and transform their businesses.”
RSR Partners, founded by Russell S. Reynolds Jr. in 1993, is an executive, board and leadership recruiting firm with offices in Greenwich, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Specialties include: consumer goods and services, hospitality, industrial, financial services, retail, board, CEOs, CFOs, CHROs, chief information officers, chief marketing officers, sport leadership, risk, board recruiting, board advisory, management consulting, technology, innovation, leadership, assessment, asset management, family office, fintech, investment technology, blockchain, cryptocurrency, leadership assessment, executive search, talent, talent advisory, healthcare, life sciences, human capital and corporate affairs.
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In recent months, RSR Partners has continued to strengthen its services. In November, the firm expanded with the addition of Drew Cloud to its global sport & entertainment leadership practice. Based in the search firm’s New York City office, Mr. Cloud will concentrate on finding senior leaders and providing human capital advisory services across the global sport ecosystem. He will also contribute to the hospitality and leisure and marketing services practices. He has more than 20 years of relevant experience, most recently as chief business officer for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and as chief sales and marketing officer for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
RSR also recently promoted Danny Berghoff to managing director. Mr. Berghoff, who took over as head of RSR’s global sport and entertainment leadership practice from Joe Bailey in May, focuses on working with clients across the sports, media and entertainment industries. He is also a member of the firm’s hospitality and leisure practice.
In addition, the search firm expanded its asset management practice with the addition of industry veteran Michael D. Fitzgerald. In his role as a managing director, Mr. Fitzgerald is charged with launching the firm’s presence in Boston, a strategically important expansion of RSR Partners’ geographical reach. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald was a managing director and distribution practice leader at a search firm specializing in financial services.
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