Signium Expands in the U.S. With New Member Firm

July 16, 2019 – Executive search consortium Signium has increased its presence in the U.S. with the addition of Discovery Search Partners in Atlanta as its newest member firm. Located in Atlanta, Boston, the Philadelphia area and Virginia, Discovery Search Partners boosts Signium’s executive search and leadership presence in the life sciences sector.

Discovery Search Partners was formed in 2009 by a group of experienced life science and recruitment professionals. Founding partners Don Evans and Bill O’Callaghan have over 50 years of placing high-level executives in all areas of healthcare and life sciences.

“Culturally and professionally Signium is a great fit for us, accelerating our capability to meet the needs of our clients who are increasingly looking for international solutions to both their domestic and global search assignments,” said Mr. O’Callaghan.

“As one of the leading life science search firms in the United States, Discovery Search has great client relationships, an international mindset and represents an ideal cultural fit with us,” said Alastair Paton, chairman of Signium. “Discovery Search is a very important addition to the Signium organization and is an indication of Signium’s ambitions for the United States. We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues and supporting our global and regional clients in the U.S.”

With more than 25 years of experience in executive search, Mr. Evans has conducted numerous engagements in the life sciences field, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, diagnostics and pharmaceutical services markets. His practice is focused on senior-level general management and functional roles, and he has recruited at the highest echelons including board director, president and vice president levels. Within the healthcare industry, he has conducted search assignments across a range of positions including chief accounting officer, chief information officer, chief medical officer, regulatory affairs, and research and development.

Mr. O’Callaghan has extensive expertise in all facets of human capital consulting and talent management. He brings vast experience to Discovery Search Partners, where he specializes in medical devices, diagnostics and equipment. His background includes the placement of executives and managers in a wide range of functions and leadership roles for companies ranging from the emerging VC-backed start-ups to the established Fortune 100 corporations.

Signium has 45 offices in 30 countries serving clients in the Americas, Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. The firm delivers talent acquisition and management solutions for global companies across industry sectors, including consumer goods, financial services, technology, industrial, life sciences and professional services.

Global Growth

These appointments come at an important time as the organization has been expanding to various regions around the globe. Here’s a look at the firm’s most recent changes, from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

In an effort to further strengthen its capabilities in the Nordic region, executive search consortium Signium has expanded in Sweden with the addition of J Eng Consulting. Founder Johannes Eng joins Signium as a partner. Mr. Eng has more than 15 years of experience in staff-leading positions and as a board director.

Signium also appointed Consuelo Pizzo, director in Signium Italy’s Milan office, as life sciences global practice leader. Since joining Signium two years ago, Ms. Pizzo has been an active member of the life sciences practice. Ms. Pizzo takes over from Signium Germany’s Angela Westdorf.

Signium opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro. It becomes the organization’s second office in the region, joining its location in São Paulo. “It was a great experience to be in Brazil at an exciting time as their national election concluded,” said Alastair Paton, chairman. 

Just recently, Signium Africa partnered with Riverwaves, a provider of optimization of “people capability” through the customization of competency-driven HR models. Following in-depth exposure to Riverwaves’ intellectual property and proprietary modeling tools, “Signium Africa is positioned to apply its partner’s globally…”

Signium also named Annelize van Rensburg as leader of its global consumer goods and services practice. “Ms. van Rensburg is fulfilling a critical role as successful practice groups are a key part of Signium’s strategy and consumer goods and services accounts,” said the firm.

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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