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Simplee Acquired by Flywire

Flywire Acquires Simplee to Transform Healthcare Payments Experience

 


Congratulations to CEO Tomer Shoval and the team at Simplee

“The Simplee acquisition improves patient engagement and healthcare affordability and extends...(Flywire’s) capabilities to a broader customer base.” Mike Massaro, Flywire CEO

Over the years, Westwood & Wilshire has supported Simplee in building their executive team and we celebrate their acquisition by Flywire, a high-growth vertical payments company. We wish all the best to the Simplee and Flywire teams as they empower patients and providers to address the challenges of patient engagement and healthcare finance/affordability on their own terms.

https://www.flywire.com/news/flywire-acquires-simplee-to-transform-healthcare-payments-experience

 

Acceleron Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Vice President of Pharmacovigilance

Acceleron, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics to treat serious and rare diseases, has hired Dr. Debashish Dey as the new Vice President of Pharmacovigilance. Dr. Dey has joined Acceleron from AveXis, Inc. where he served as the Vice President and Head of Global Patient Safety. Dr. Dey has a distinguished career starting in 2002 in Sweden first with AstraZeneca then Novartis as an epidemiologist before joining Eli Lilly in 2007 as a Medical Advisor. At Lilly, Dr. Dey took positions of increasing responsibility over 9-years, becoming Global Head of Patient Safety for multiple therapeutic areas by 2014. In addition, to Eli Lilly, Dr. Dey was the Global Head of Hematology Global Drug Safety at Shire. He is an MD PhD in Geriatric Medicine and has an MPH in Epidemiology.

The search was successfully led by Gerard Danishek for Westwood & Wilshire’s Life Sciences practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

Super Partners With Westwood & Wilshire To Fill Chief Financial Officer Role

Super, a home services innovator that is shaking up the home warranty industry with transparent, comprehensive home maintenance and repairs that can be managed digitally, has hired Nilanshu Raja as Chief Financial Officer. Nilanshu joins Super from Kidaptive, where he served as Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver and has a distinguished career of more than 15 years of finance and operations leadership at Cylink, Microsoft, Anjan Group and Kidaptive, as well as founding his own start up, MediCorp (acquired).

The search was successfully led by Laura Wilson for Westwood & Wilshire’s Advanced Technology practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs - Vaccine

Takeda Pharmaceuticals – among the top pharmaceutical companies in the world and one of the fastest growing with a U.S. Hub in Massachusetts that includes the operational center for Takeda’s Global Vaccines Business Unit - has hired Dr. Long Wang as the new Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs Vaccine in the North American division responsible for all assets in the Takeda Vaccines portfolio. Dr. Wang has joined from Merck where he served as the Senior Director, Global Regulatory Team Leader in the Vaccines & Infectious Disease program.

The search was successfully led by Tamir Halaban at Westwood & Wilshire of Westwood & Wilshire’s Life Sciences practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

INTERMEDIA PARTNERS WITH WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE TO FILL SENIOR RECRUITER ROLE

Intermedia, a leading Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and business cloud applications provider delivering easy-to-use and secure communication and collaboration solutions, has hired Gurwinder Gill as Senior Recruiter. Gurwinder joins Intermedia from AllyO, where she served as Enterprise Talent Acquisition Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from California State University East Bay and has worked in client relationships, sales management and recruiting at AT&T, Kforce Inc. and AllyO.

The search was successfully led by Yvonne Sommerfield for Westwood & Wilshire’s Advanced Technology practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill the Global Regulatory Lead Norovirus

Takeda Pharmaceuticals – among the top pharmaceutical companies in the world and one of the fastest growing with a U.S. Hub in Massachusetts that includes the operational center for Takeda’s Global Vaccines Business Unit - has hired Frederick de Brito as their new Global Regulatory Lead for the innovative Norovirus Vaccine program. Fredrick has joined from GSK Biologicals (formerly Novartis Vaccines) where he served as the Director of Global Regulatory Affairs and where he successfully managed the integration of legacy Novartis vaccines. Earlier in his career, he also worked at Biotest Pharmaceuticals, Shire, Amgen and Eli Lilly.

The search was successfully led by Tamir Halaban at Westwood & Wilshire of Westwood & Wilshire’s Life Sciences practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

BREAKING BARRIERS TO SAFETY - WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE ATTENDS 2019 STANFORD VMWARE WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INNOVATION LAB’S CORPORATE PROGRAM MEETING

The “Breaking Barriers to Psychological Safety” bi-annual meeting of The Stanford VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab featured an impressive keynote address by Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard University.  Westwood & Wilshire was represented at this stimulating event by Kristin Speer, Managing Director of W&W’s Advanced Technology Practice.

The Stanford VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab’s Corporate Program brings together academics, researchers and senior executives who are enhancing opportunities for women in their own organizations.  Heads of Diversity and Inclusion and executives from companies around the country attended and were able to share their insights and challenges to inclusivity during Q&A sessions. 

Also featured was a showcase of successes where executives from companies such as Uber, Gilead and Mozilla shared their “Small Wins” in fostering safety.  By offering twice-yearly meetings to members, the Lab creates a dynamic forum for learning strategies for building more inclusive workspaces. 

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WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE SHARES RECRUITING EXPERTISE, ADVICE FOR START-UPS AT BULGARIA INNOVATION HUB

Kristin Speer (Managing Director, Advanced TechnologyPractice) was an invited speaker at the Bulgaria Innovation Hub’s 2019 educational workshop and official launch in San Francisco, CA. The Bulgaria Innovation Hub (BIH) is a Bay Area-based non-profit organization that seeks to foster knowledge exchange and cross-cultural collaboration between technology start-ups and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Bulgaria. 

Kristin presented lessons from many years of successful executive searches to leaders looking to expand management teams in the United States. They discussed the challenges to expect when recruiting at each stage of business development, such as where and how to present job opportunities, how to find and evaluate candidates, and compensation guidelines. Attendees were also educated on different approaches for defining what talent they need and options for sourcing the right person the first time.

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WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE SPONSORS ALPHA FOUNDERS’ SUMMIT FOR SECOND YEAR

Westwood & Wilshire has again sponsored and participated in the Alpha Club’s Annual Founders’ Summit, bringing founders, CEO’s and tech influencers from various industries together to learn from and collaborate with each other. Westwood & Wilshire was represented by Kristin Speer (Managing Director, Advanced Technology Practice) and Laura Wilson (Practice Director). 

The 8th Annual Founders’ Summit was held in Monterey, CA, and featured keynote speakers, breakout sessions and panels with executives from Lyft, Tech For Campaigns, LaunchDarkly, Moment, Insight Engines among others.  Breakout sessions included candid conversations about hiring in a competitive market, advice from tech leaders on scaling effectively, pitching to investors, promoting diversity and inclusion and build functional, high-performance leadership teams, and more.

Alpha Club is an invite-only networking organization that curates events for technology leaders. Founded in 2005, Alpha has over 1500 members in 7 different cities in the US and Canada and hosts 60 events per year. 

SUPER PARTNERS WITH WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE TO FILL VP OPERATIONS

Super, a home warranty innovator that is shaking up the industry with transparent, comprehensive concierge home care and repair manageable from home or mobile devices, has hired Raman Naidu as their Vice President of Operations. Raman joins Super from Credit Karma, where he served as Senior Director of Member Support and Engagement. Raman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from San Jose State University and has an accomplished history of customer support and experience leadership at Credit Karma, Yellow Pages.com, Yahoo!, Stata Labs, AOL and Apple, Inc.

The search was successfully led by Laura Wilson at Westwood & Wilshire of Westwood & Wilshire’s Advanced Technology practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

PHIAR PARTNERS WITH WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE TO FILL VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGY

Phiar, an auto AI/AR company seeking to enhance driving safety with a new form of navigation platform that combines intuitive wayfinding with AR visual display, has hired Nasser Iravani as their VP of Business Development & Strategy. Nasser joins Phiar from Here Technologies, where he served as Global Head of IoT Business Development and Partnerships. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UCLA and has led business, product and market development teams at Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Here Technologies and Perceptronics.

The search was successfully led by Laura Wilson at Westwood & Wilshire of Westwood & Wilshire’s Advanced Technology practice.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

Astex Pharmaceuticals Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill the Senior Director of Oncology

Dr. Kim-Hien Dao has joined Astex Pharmaceuticals as the new Senior Director of Oncology. Dr. Dao is an Assistant Professor at the Knight Cancer Institute at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she has also served as Program Leader and Faculty Reviewer since 2015. In addition to a DO program at Michigan State University, Dr. Dao has completed a PhD program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The search was successfully led by Gerard Danishek.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. Parnters with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Vice President of Clinical Development Role

Dr. Antonio Nino has joined Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical as their new Vice President of Clinical Development - Metabolic/Bone. Dr. Nino has joined Ultragenyx from GlaxoSmithKline where he the Senior Director of Clinical Development since 2008. He graduated from Rosario University Medical School in 1992 and became an Associate Instructor in 1986. Dr. Nino has actively practiced in a private clinic. 

The search was successfully led by Michael Cane. 

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

 

Jazz Pharmaceutical Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Vice President of Hematology Oncology Clinical

Dr. Anne Borgman-Hagey has joined Jazz Pharmaceuticals as their new Vice President & Head of Hematology-Oncology Clinical Development. Dr. Borgman joined from Exelixis Biopharmaceuticals where she was the Vice President of R&D. Dr. Anne Borgman held senior executive level roles including CMO of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, CMO of Talon Therapeutics and Global Project Head, Oncology at Abbott Laboratories.

The search was successfully led by Tamir Halaban. 

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Vice President & Global Head of Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Robert Charnas has joined Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as their new Vice President & Global Head of Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Charnas joined from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he served as their Vice President of Strategic Program Direction - Oncology. Dr. Charnas has held senior executive level roles in regulatory affairs at Amgen, Cougar Biotechnology and Janssen.

The search was successfully led by Tamir Halaban. 

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

 

WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE ACQUIRES MEYER EXECUTIVE SEARCH TO LAUNCH HEALTHCARE PRACTICE

Westwood & Wilshire announced today that it has acquired the Executive Search practice of Meyer Consulting, Meyer Executive Search is one of the leading executive search firms in the Healthcare space.

Since 2007, Meyer has partnered with leading Healthcare Systems, Hospitals, Academic Medicine Centers and Insurance Companies to successfully fill a number of the most notable leadership roles in the industry. Meyer's clients include Banner Health, Baptist Health, Canopy Health (a joint venture of UCSF Health and John Muir Health), Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, MD Anderson Cancer Center, New York Genome Center, and Summit Health Management. Mike Meyer, the company’s founder, a 25-year veteran of the Healthcare Executive Search space, will be joining Westwood & Wilshire as an Advisor. Ryan Hubbs will become the new Managing Director of the Healthcare Division. Ryan has been in executive search since 2003 and with Meyer Executive Search since 2010. He became a partner in 2014.

“I feel like I’ve won the lottery merging our practices. Meyer Executive Search is a preeminent force in the Healthcare industry and having access to the wisdom and experience of someone like Mike Meyer is just a phenomenal asset to the firm. And, the future of the Division could not be in better hands than it is with Ryan Hubbs at the helm. The Healthcare Division also blends beautifully with our existing Life Sciences and Tech Practices to further our leadership in executive search at the forefront of science, medicine and technology”, said Alan Cullen, CEO of Westwood & Wilshire.

“This is an exciting, complex, very competitive and volatile time in healthcare. Joining Westwood & Wilshire, the premier boutique firm working in life sciences and advanced technology, will provide unparalleled access to candidates for our clients. Our combined breadth and expertise across the spectrum of health care services, health payors, life sciences, tech and digital health will serve our clients in ways we could not before”, said Mike Meyer, CEO of Meyer Consulting.

About Westwood & Wilshire

Westwood & Wilshire was founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2003. Over the last 15 years, the firm has emerged as one of the premier executive search firms in the Life Sciences industry. In 2018, the company launched a highly successful Tech Practice in the SF Bay Area and has quickly established itself as the go-to firm for key leadership roles with the world’s most innovative companies. With the addition of the Healthcare Division, W&W now has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Scottsdale, Austin and New York City.

About Meyer Consulting

Meyer Consulting will continue as an international health care firm that brings leading experts together in collaborations to build better health care solutions. The firm was founded in 2007 and is based in Scottsdale.

Zosano Pharma Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill CEO

Steve Lo has joined Zosano Pharma as the new Chief Executive Officer. Lo has joined from Puma Biotechnology where he served as the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to Puma, Lo has worked with organizations like Corcept Therapeutics, Genentech, and Astra Merck. Lo obtained a BS in Microbiology from the University of California - Davis. 

This search was successfully led by Michael Cane.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Our firm has offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Seattle, serving clients on a local, national and global basis.

Portola Pharmaceuticals Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Senior Vice President of Finance

Portola Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery and development company specializing in thrombosis and other hematological conditions, has hired Brian Hogan as their Senior Vice President of Finance. Brian joins Portola from Adicet Bio, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Business Administration and has filled senior and executive roles (VP, CFO) in financial planning, reporting and accounting at ADP, VaxGen, Genomic Health and Adicet Bio.

The search was successfully led by Andrea Tegstam at Westwood & Wilshire.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

Tech For Campaigns Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Executive Director

Tech For Campaigns (TFC) , a technology company that connects progressive and centrist political campaigns with volunteer, world-class technology talent needed to build a competitive digital presence, has hired Tom Perrault as their Executive Director (CEO). Tom joins TFC from MemSQL, where he served as Chief People Officer. He holds a law degree from Duke University, an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Rice University and is a member of the California State Bar. Tom has served as Vice President of Human Resources at Ziprealty, Glu Mobile and Meebo.

The search was successfully led by Khusbu Talati at Westwood & Wilshire.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

Virtualitics Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Head of Finance & Operations

Virtualitics, a state-of-the-art data analytics platform company merging artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented technologies to visualize and understand data, has hired Jerome Josz as their Head of Finance and Operations. Jerome joins Virtualitics from GoGuardian, where he served as Director of Finance. With multiple honors undergraduate degrees in economics and finance as well as a Master’s of International Finance from HEC Paris, Jerome started as an intern at J.P. Morgan (UK) where he quickly rose to an Associate role and then became Director of Finance at GoGuardian.

The search was successfully led by Laura Wilson at Westwood & Wilshire.

At Westwood & Wilshire, we recognize that people are an organization's top asset. We are passionate about delivering premier talent to the world’s most innovative companies. We are particularly focused on companies ranging from VC-backed start-ups to mid-sized commercial entities and our assignments range from C-Suite to mid-management. Based in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Silicon Valley, we serve clients on a local, national and global basis.

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