Leadership Void: Change Agents Sought for Life Sciences Sector

Hunt Scanlon Media:
Given the integration of technology into all facets of everyday life, the healthcare industry is not alone in facing technology-related issues. These take on increased importance when they impact health, disease diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, human longevity. Having the right leaders in place to sort through these complex challenges, say recruiters serving the sector, is critical — especially those with vision and transformational skills.

“We’re seeing more and more receptivity to leaders from a variety of backgrounds, not just IT, because of the necessity to have a breadth of knowledge and experience,” said Jim Bethmann, managing partner at Caldwell Partners.

One outcome Caldwell Partners has delivered is a new chief executive officer for Health2047, a new start-up backed by a $15 million investment from founding partner American Medical Association (AMA). It is aimed at harnessing Silicon Valley expertise and innovation to help solve key problems in the healthcare field.

Leading the search assignment were Darin DeWitt, managing partner of Caldwell’s life science and healthcare practice, and Mr. Bethmann, who oversees the firm’s TMT & IT services and information security practices.

“It was a unique and fascinating search, looking for a leader who can leverage the strength and history of the AMA in identifying and developing novel early stage companies,” said Mr. DeWitt.

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