September 24, 2019 – Virdis Group, U.K.-based executive search specialists in the life science and healthcare sectors, has expanded with the opening of a new office in Epalinges-Lausanne, Switzerland in the prominent Biopôle campus, where more than 100 of the most innovative companies in life science and research are headquartered.
Maggie Goudy has been hired to lead the new office. She has an extensive 20-year career in medical recruitment, as well as widespread experience in the event industry. She will join Virdis as a business partner and will be the firm’s main point of contact for the region.
Ms. Goudy has a taken a unique path to the executive search industry. In 2014, she started the Handi-Capable Association with her husband Guillaume. Their daughter, Emma, was born in 2009 with cerebral palsy, and as she grew, they saw a need to improve the resources available to families, children and adults with special needs. Motivated by the actions and energy of the association, other families started to get involved very quickly. As a result, Handi-Capable, and this team of dedicated individuals, designed and sponsored an increased number of activities each year providing help to an ever-growing number of families and children.
Switzerland has a stable, prosperous and high-tech economy and in multiple rankings is listed as the wealthiest country in the world per capita. It is home to several large multinational corporations, which has helped make it an attractive area for search firms to expand. Life sciences is strongly represented in Switzerland. The region is one of the most important life sciences centers in Europe with many international companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology sectors having settled there.
Serving Life Sciences
Virdis Group’s assignments are senior international positions across Europe, North and South America and the Middle East. The firm delivers management, commercial, scientific and medical roles within the life sciences. Virdis provides support and advice to clients, including established global pharmaceutical corporations and rapidly-developing biotech companies.
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.”
Nathalie Rowell, CEO and founder of the Virdis Group, has extensive experience in executive search and international work, which she credits for giving her a deep understanding of the life science business and strong connection with clients.
Virdis entered the U.S. market by establishing a partnership with Kingfisher Talent, a Boston-based consortium for biotech executive search and leadership development. The alliance that enables clients to leverage the expertise and reach of both organizations.
Ms. Rowell said the alliance benefits everyone involved, especially the clients of both operations.
“Boston is recognized as a major global biotech hub and our collaboration with Kingfisher Talent allows us to build even closer and stronger partnerships with our select group of top-tier clients based in that city,” she said. “At Virdis we are noted for our specialist insight and global network. And we share with Kingfisher the solid values and total commitment which have given both firms a track record of successful delivery. I look forward to working with Lucy to create even more value for our clients.”
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