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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.

Neural Analytics Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill VP of Finance

Neural Analytics, a medical robotics innovator integrating ultrasound, robotics and machine learning to assess brain health, has hired Mahmoud Elaskary as their Vice President of Finance. Mahmoud joins Neural Analytics from Natus Medical, Inc., where he served as Senior Director of Strategic Planning. As well as holding an MBA with honors from Pepperdine University and a graduate degree in Accounting from American University Cairo, Mahmoud has an accomplished history of finance leadership at Natus Medical Inc., Hansen Medical Inc., Medtronic Inc. and Kyphon Inc.

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.

Descartes Labs Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Chief Financial Officer

Descartes Labs, a predictive intelligence company whose cloud-based modeling platform uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to collect, analyze and display spatial data for global-scale supply and demand systems analysis, has hired Philip Fraher as their Chief Financial Officer. Philip joins Descartes Labs from Zilliant, Inc. where he was Chief Financial Officer. With a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Philip has served in many roles ranging from VP of Finance to CFO, COO and CEO at software companies such as Visual Numerics, Houston Technology Center, FuelQuest, Metal Networks, The Right Place, Bask Technologies, PAS Global, Zilliant and more. 

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.

Virtualitics Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill VP Sales - Commercial Enterprise

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 Mari Jansdotter as their VP Sales - Commercial Enterprise. Mari joins Virtualitics from Birst, where she served as BI Regional Sales Director, Strategic Accounts. She earned a Master’s of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linkoping Institute of Technology, Sweden, and in addition to Birst, has held directorships and executive positions in sales, strategic accounts and business development at Embarcadero Technologies, SugarCRM, Pentaho, Microstrategy, and Sisense.

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.

Aditum Bio Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Vice President - Business Development and Licensing

Dr. Ilan Zipkin has joined Aditum Bio as the new Vice President of Business Development and Licensing. Dr. Zipkin has joined from Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy where he served in a similar capacity as Vice President of Business Development. He has worked for organizations such as Takeda, MPM Capital, BioCentury Publications, etc. Dr. Zipkin has obtained his Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Biochemistry from UC San Francisco. 

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.

AbbVie Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Executive Medical Director, Oncology

AbbVie has hired Dr. Amal Melhem-Bertrandt as the new Executive Medical Director of Oncology. Dr. Melhem has joined from Astellas Pharma where she served in a similar capacity as the Senior Medical Director. Dr. Melhem-Bertrandt has obtained her MD from the American University of Beiruit in 2000 prior to completing her fellowship in oncology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Melhem-Bertrandt has also served as the Assistant Professor for the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

This search was 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.

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

Takeda Pharmaceuticals – among the top pharmaceutical companies in the world and one of the fastest growing with a U.S. Hub in Massachusetts - has hired Dr. Alu Chatterjee as the new Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Chatterjee has joined from Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. where he held roles of increasing responsbilities. Prior to Intarcia, Dr. Chatterjee served as Director at Pfizer. He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Windsor. 

This search was successfully led by Chris Tillman. 

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.

 

Calico Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Head of Clinical Sciences

Calico - a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan - has hired Dr. Bill Cho as the Head of Clinical Secinces - Early Clinical Development. Dr. Cho has worked in similar roles at Genetech and Merck & Co. Inc., where he took on increasing levels of responsibility. Dr. Cho obtained an M.D./Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. 

The search was successfully led by Michael Cane 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.

 

 

AGIOS PHARMACEUTICALS PARTNERS WITH WESTWOOD & WILSHIRE TO FILL DIRECTOR CLINICAL SCIENCE

Rachelle Perea has joined Agios Pharmaceuticals as the new Director Clinical Science. Perea graduated from UC San Diego. Perea joined from Pfizer where she held positions of increasing responsiblity since 2009. Her work in her latest role focused on early oncological research. Perea has also worked with companies like Biogen Idec and Alpha Therapeutics in a similar role. 

The search was successfully led by Chris Tillman 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 additional offices in Silicon Valley, we serve our clients on a local, national and global basis.

 

 

TrialSpark Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Chief Medical Officer

TrialSpark - a technology company that brings new medical treatments to patients faster by reimagining the clinical trial process - has hired Dr. Ken Somberg as the new Chief Medical Officier. Dr. Somberg has joined from Nevakar Inc. where he served in a similar role as the Chief Medical Officier since December 2017. Dr. Somberg has worked with companies like Novartis and Covance, Inc. where he held roles of increasing responsbilities. Prior to working in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Somberg has a strong proven academic record at UC San Franscico - School of Medicine where he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor. He recieved his MD with Honors at Baylor College of Medicine. 

This search was successfully led by Alan Cullen. 

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.

Profusa Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to fill the Head of Data Science and Analytics

Profusa - a company who focuses on making our body’s chemistry easily accessible to improve health and wellness -  has hired Philip Constantinou as the new Head of Data Science and Analytics. Constantinou has joined from Sano Intelligence where he served as Vice President of Product and Software. He has also worked with companies like Navdy, Evernote, and MW2 Consulting. He obtained a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1994. 

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.

 

Acceleron Pharmaceuticals Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Medical Director - Neuromuscular Clinical Role

Acceleron, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics to treat serious and rare diseases, has hired Dr. Marc van de Rijn as the new Medical Director. Dr. van de Rijn joined from the University of California, Davis Medical Center where he served as a Neuromuscular Fellow. Dr. van de Rijn has recieved his MD from Temple University School of Medicine and has an accomplished history of strong research work in the field of neuroscience. 

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.

Mays Cancer Center Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Daruka Mahadevan has joined Mays Cancer Center as the new Division Chief of of Hematology/Oncology. He joined from University of Arizon where he served as the Professor of Medicine. Dr. Mahadevan ha sobtained his Ph.D in Protein Crystallography from Birkbeck College and an MD from Kings College Hospital Medical Center. His fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology was  completed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. 

The search was successfully led by Ryan Hubbs 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.

 

Simplee Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill SVP Strategic Partnerships

Simplee, healthcare's leading technology platform for engaging patients and addressing affordability with personalized paths to payment, has hired Liam Goudge as their Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. Liam joins Simple from Nokia Technologies, where he served as their Head of Business Development and Strategy. In addition to an Engineering degree with honors from Nottingham University and post graduate diploma in marketing from Cambridge College of Marketing, Liam has held positions of increasing responsibility at SuVolta, Tessera, ARM Inc. (UK) and Texas Instruments (France).

The search was successfully led by Kristin Speer 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 additional offices in Silicon Valley, we serve our clients on a local, national and global basis.

Pear Therapeutics Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill Vice President of Discovery and Transitional Research

Dr. Mark Deeg has joined Pear Therapeutics as the new Vice President of Discovery and Transitonal Research.  Dr. Deeg has joined from Regulus Therapeutics where he served as Chief Medical Officer for the past year. Prior to Regulus, he has served as Chief Medical Officier at Eli Lilly and Company where he was has held positions of increasing responsiblity. Dr. Deeg recieved a degree in Medicine (M.D.) and a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota.

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.

Lyell Immunopharma Partners with Westwood & Wilshire to fill CTO

Stephen Hill has joined Lyell Immunopharma as the new Chief Technology Officer. Hill has joined from AstraZeneca, where he served as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations before he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Head of Biologics Operations. Prior to AstraZeneca, Hill enjoyed increasing levels of responsibilities at Amgen. Hill has obtained his MBA from the University of Washington in 2002. 

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.

 

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