Healthcare and Life Sciences

The healthcare and life sciences sector faces a landscape with overwhelming complexity, ambiguity and shifts in regulation and stakeholders – all with game-changing leadership requirements. Roles and strategies are being redefined as new career paths emerge and support functions turn to drivers of change. Finding innovative business leaders with a deep understanding of science, identifying gaps, up-skilling leaders and defining future leadership skills is essential for success in this dynamic sector.

Heidrick & Struggles’ Healthcare and Life Sciences Executive Search practice operates as one integrated global team. With experts located in all major markets worldwide, we formed the industry’s first Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice in 1998. Our Practice specialists possess first-hand knowledge of the criteria for successful leadership; many are former veterans of the space, making their perspectives and insight particularly valuable to clients. Our team successfully executes more than 400 Healthcare and Life Sciences engagements each year. We have deep expertise in multi-country and global projects, and are highly successful and well known for our work specifically in emerging markets.

We serve as a trusted advisor and partner to a wide variety of organizations that value our opinion and input on senior leadership trends and how this will affect their business in the future. Our work gives us unique access to insights obtained through conversations with clients and candidates alike; and also, by collaborating with colleagues from our firm’s functional practices and leadership consulting.

Our consultants acknowledge that information and market knowledge becomes most powerful when combined with the rigor of data and analysis. Our team has access to these unique insights gathered by tracking executive moves, conducting stakeholder surveys, analyzing the assignments we conduct every year and the many thousand candidates we identify every month.

As Life Sciences & Healthcare Executive Recruiters, we serve a wide variety of public and private companies from early stage start-ups to large public companies. The team operates on an integrated global platform, which always allows us to assemble the most appropriate team for every mandate and to not be geographically compromised. A significant number of our placements are cross-border candidates.

Our clients include a number of global life sciences companies in diverse sectors: 

  • Medical Devices and Diagnostics
  • Pharmaceuticals and Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Research and Development
  • Healthcare Services
  • Biotechnology
  • Managed Care

As The Leadership Company ®, Heidrick & Struggles’ commitment to our clients is to bring creative solutions to the table – ideas that can drive the business ahead through the acquisition, development and management of talent.

BiotechnologyHealthcare ServicesPharmaceuticalsResearch and DevelopmentMedical TechnologyManaged Care/Health Insurance


Tim Dietlin Tim Dietlin Global Managing Partner
Jimson Cheng Jimson Cheng Partner
Alan Milinazzo Alan Milinazzo Regional Managing Partner