TalentRISE Expands Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice

TalentRISE Kathleen Murphy

April 10, 2018 – Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE has expanded with the addition of Kathleen Murphy as managing director, healthcare and life sciences.

“Kathleen holds an enviable track record executing winning talent attraction and recruitment strategies within the healthcare industry,” said CEO Rick Gray. “Her knowledge and insights gained over many years of exposure to product, service and consulting markets will help us gain a greater foothold in this massive, highly complex and ever-growing industry.”

Ms. Murphy’s executive search, recruitment and leadership coaching career spans more than 25 years with leading professional service organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. Since 2010, she has served as director of executive recruiting at Huron Consulting Group, a business consulting firm serving the healthcare, life sciences, higher education and other commercial markets.

Previously, she served as vice president and executive coach at Kensington International, an executive search, coaching and global outplacement firm. Prior to that, she was a recruiting consultant for Cardinal Health’s $6 billion medical device and products division, and manager of staffing and recruiting for its medical distribution and ambulatory service group domestically. Earlier in her career, Ms. Murphy held recruiting and business development roles at Hollister, Aon Hewitt and Spencer Stuart.

Flexible Fee Model

“I was attracted to TalentRISE first and foremost because of its people, but also to the unique, flexible recruitment model they’ve successfully built,” said Ms. Murphy. “Their platform offers a particularly compelling proposition for the healthcare and life science industry with multiple segments and players beset by consolidation, regulatory, channel and technology disruption.”


Why Flexing to Client Needs Matters More Now Than Ever
While large search firms have offered a myriad of talent offerings for years, they’ve more or less kept their traditional fee structures intact. That’s provided an opportunity for boutique firms to move in and fill a widening gap, especially in the area of pricing reinvention.


Ms. Murphy was referring to TalentRISE’s recently launched FlexSEARCH, an à la carte menu of strategic services and flexible pricing terms for retained executive search. “Our reformulated search offering is designed to help create optimal value at every stage of this critical process by allowing clients to buy our candidate identification expertise, search methodology, tools, insights and leadership consultation,” said J. James O’Malley, partner and executive search practice leader. “These can be purchased either as a whole or as distinct components with flexible, predictable pricing. Simply put, it’s all about enabling clients to find, attract and engage the right senior-level talent in the most efficient and effective way.”

Growing Search Firm

TalentRISE provides executive search services to the professional services, healthcare, life sciences, technology, consumer, financial services, non-profit, insurance, private equity and industrial sectors.


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At the end of last year, the firm promoted search associate Beth Gordon to director of executive search. Ms. Gordon serves clients across the professional services, healthcare, banking & financial services, not-for-profit and manufacturing sectors. She brings 15 years of broad experience in full lifecycle executive search, covering a wide range of industries and functions. In addition, she has a previous background in outplacement services for military officers transitioning to the civilian workforce and administrative management.

TalentRISE also recently added Jose Martinez as managing director. Previously, Mr. Martinez served as vice president and Chicago market leader at North Highland, a global management consulting firm, where he was responsible for business development and growth of the region’s business.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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