June 7, 2019 – Persistent talent shortages and the need to develop and retain employees with critical business and technology skill-sets will continue to challenge global life sciences companies as they try to navigate a new world of work, according to Deloitte’s global sector outlook report on life sciences. This will require a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent and human resources.
Recently, U.K.-based life science executive search firm PIR International expanded with the additions of Tom Bradley and Stuart Penney as senior partners as the firm looks to grow internationally.
“We are very pleased to welcome such highly regarded executives to PIR,” said Maureen Coleman, chair of PIR. “Their appointments reinforce our move towards wider engagement with the international life sciences industry across all areas and augment the current PIR team. I would like to congratulate our managing partner, Sally Hope, on these appointments which will help PIR to deliver a more internationally focused range of services to our clients.”
Mr. Bradley spent over 10 years at Pfizer before moving into global executive search where he works across the pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer health sectors, hiring senior leaders across C-suite, general management, research and development, commercial and corporate functions. Working with multi-nationals, he has assisted U.S. headquartered specialty and orphan drug companies to establish their European infrastructure. Previously, Mr. Bradley was head of life sciences at Amrop U.K. Prior to that, he served as senior partner in Euromedica’s London office.
Mr. Penney has over 10 years experience in executive search within the international life sciences sector, having worked with advanced science and medical technology businesses across Europe and the U.S. He has a track record of delivering global retained search assignments at the executive and board level, partnering with venture capital and private equity-funded growth stage businesses to drive patient centric innovation. Mr. Penney most recently served as a senior consultant with Amrop and before that was a client partner with Euromedica.
Closing the Deal with Candidates in the Life Sciences Sector
The competitive landscape of the life sciences industry is transforming recruiting. “Growing pressure to rapidly advance scientific discovery and expand market share is making the competition to attract top talent as fierce as ever,” according to a report by Dan Strauss, head of the pharmacovigilance and risk management practice at Klein Hersh International.
“Tom and Stuart have a stellar reputation for delivering outstanding results for their clients,” said Carolyn Douthwaite, PIR founder and non-executive director. “The decision to move forwards together is based on aligned values, a passion for the sector and a shared belief in how our combined approach is respected and appreciated by clients and candidates alike. I wish the team every success for the future and look forward to working with them.”
Global Life Science Recruiters
PIR is an executive search and interim management firm specializing in placing senior talent into global life science companies. With a team that is functionally aligned, combined with life science experience of over 50 years, PIR provides a depth of expertise at the C-Suite, leadership and expert level. The firm has a wealth of experience in placing senior executives and board members in high demand, early-stage and start-up venture capital and private equity funded companies internationally.
PIR also recently added Gemma Adamante as senior executive researcher and George Owen as executive researcher. Both are highly regarded researchers from the life sciences sector.
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