True Expands Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice

December 13, 2019 – Haddonfield, NJ-headquartered executive recruitment firm True has expanded with the addition of five consultants to its healthcare and life sciences practice throughout North American and in EMEA. Team additions include: Jim O’Sullivan, Stephanie Maistrellis, Sophia Mowla, Jacob Sack and Mariah Lang.

“True growing presence in healthcare and life sciences is a natural progression for us given our deep experience in tech,” said Matt Goldstein, partner and healthcare and life sciences practice lead at True. “The convergence of technology and healthcare is fueling the next big medical innovations, and companies recognize the need to hire talent from the broader tech ecosystem. We couldn’t be more excited about having Jacob, Mariah, Stephanie, Sophia and Jim on the team; they are world class professionals who connect high impact executives with our client companies that are revolutionizing healthcare and life sciences.”

Mr. O’Sullivan joins True as a partner after 15 years at one of the leading specialist executive search firms serving the healthcare market. Having built the C-suite at one of the industry’s most innovative brands, he is a renowned leader in healthcare recruitment.

Before entering executive search he held vice president of HR roles at Cadbury Schweppes and Dr. Pepper. “I’ve been connected with Jim over the span of his career, both as a candidate and a client. He takes a consultative approach to recruitment and efficiently uncovers what’s really important for an organization and its prospective hires,” said Peter McClennen, former CEO of Best Doctors. “Time is such an important thing for an executive, so creating value quickly is key. Jim understands this and has consistently proven to be a genuine business partner.”

Ms. Maistrellis is a partner in True’s life sciences practice specializing in board and C-suite biopharmaceutical, diagnostics and device searches. Throughout her 20-year career, she has focused on building technical and commercial teams for market leaders pursuing transformative technologies including approaches in p53 regulators, checkpoint inhibitors, CRISPR/Cas9, RNA, viral gene and adoptive cell therapies, in addition to metagenomics derived gene editing systems. Her record of working with novel and disruptive technologies extends to genomics and digital therapeutic approaches. Ms. Maistrellis’ professional career started in the healthcare consulting practice of Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young. Her early search career began with Korn Ferry and Spencer Stuart.

Based in London, Ms. Mowla joins True as a principal from the global healthcare practice at Russell Reynolds Associates with a focus on the life sciences. She has a deep passion for transformational technology having built out the C-Suite for leading venture capital and private equity backed companies that have since gone through a successful exit. She is a published scientist, and holds a first class master’s degree from University College London in Natural Sciences. Ms. Mowla was nominated for the European Science Engineering and Technology Award for her discovery of novel anti-cancer and anti-aging therapeutic targets. She is based in True’s London office.

Mr. Sack joins the firm as a partner. He has spent the first decade plus of his career consulting for, and building companies in the private and social sectors, most recently as a director at Oxeon Partners where he grew the firm’s West Coast executive search team. Mr. Sack has worked with a range of VC and PE backed companies in digital health and tech-enabled services space, focused on innovative value-based care models. Jacob has a deep understanding of the intersection of technology and healthcare and the progressive talent needed to drive this convergence. He is based in True’s San Francisco office.

Ms. Lang, who joins the firm as a principal in New York, has a strong track record of building out C-level teams across consumer internet, enterprise software and healthcare IT businesses. Her work spans the country. Some of her top clients include Quartet, Qventus, Redesign Health, charity: water, Gloo, and HT Health. Ms. Lang was previously at Quartet where she was an executive and technical recruiter and served as head of people and talent at Ro, a direct-to-consumer telehealth company.

Working in both the private and public sectors, True has offices throughout the U.S. as well as the EMEA and APAC regions. Since the late 1990s, the firm’s founders have refined their search process with a blend of data-centric insights, relationship-building and experience to produce a methodology that consistently improves hiring decisions and accelerates growth. Clients include: Jet, Work Front, Summit Partners. True is a subsidiary of True Talent Advisory, a global portfolio of human capital services and products for high-growth tech and tech-enabled organizations.

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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