(866) 865-7401

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. 

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Partners With Westwood & Wilshire to Fill Senior Director of Regulatory Operations

Susan Hensley has joined Takeda Pharmaceuticals as the Senior Director of Regulatory Operations. Hensley has joined from Novavax, where she has served as the Vice President of Regulatory Operations since May 2014. Hensley has worked with numerous organizations such as Parexel, Human Genome Sciences, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and many more. She has also obtained an MS in Regulatory Science from John Hopkins University.

This search was successfully led by Tamir Halaban.

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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. 

Continue reading

Westwood & Wilshire, LLC
Offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Scottsdale
(866) 865-7401

© Westwood & Wilshire LLC. All Rights Reserved.