Life Sciences

Global health spending is on the rise and the life sciences industry is expected to reach $1.5 Trillion by 2022.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for health care spending across 60 countries is predicted to increase 5.4% for the period 2018–2022, compared to just 2.9% over 2013–2017.

As data-driven technologies provide biopharma, consumer healthcare and MedTech organizations with treasure troves of information, and automation takes over some mundane tasks, new talent models are emerging based on purpose and meaning. The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning approaches within life sciences is making drug discovery and development more innovative, time-effective, and cost-effective.

2023 will continue to see a focus on the impact of digital transformation in life sciences. This transformation will revolve around the use of technology symbiotically and strategically. Data is fast becoming the currency of life sciences, and digital enterprises are building new business models for the future.

What We Do

The demands on today’s life sciences leaders are increasingly complex. They must adapt to an evidence-based, outcome-focused, and behavior-driven world; address the growing challenge of chronic diseases; shift from a mindset of treatment to one of prevention; incorporate big data; bring their organizations from product-centricity to customer-centricity; foster continuous relationships with patients rather than one-off transactions; and, ultimately, change the value proposition for patients, providers, and payers — and thus for shareholders.

While the next few years may be a transition period for the industry, we anticipate that with the right management in place, and with the understanding of current trends, the following decade could bring renewed productivity and prosperity to the industry. At August Leadership, we work with our clients to identify and develop the leaders who can make that happen.

Our Expertise

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Consumer Healthcare
  • Medical technology
  • Contract Services

Practice Team

Anke Janssen


Anke has a long-standing career in executive search and has conducted Board level and senior executive mandates across a range of geographies and industry sectors.

Michael Maeder


Michael is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Alastair Paton


Alastair has more than 30 years’ international experience as a business leader, both in major blue chip multinational companies, and in global executive search.

Linda Schaler


Linda has over 20 years of executive search experience in Advertising, Marketing, Media & Mobility, Digital Transformation, Life Sciences, and Nonprofit.

Claudia Seidner


Claudia Seidner has many years of experience recruiting for challenging leadership roles in large corporate groups and medium-sized companies. 

Chun Liew


Chun has more than 12 years executive search experience.

Markos Moya


Markos leads operations in Australia. With over 30 years of experience, Markos focuses on the Technology, Private Equity, and Retail industries.

Nicole Kamaleson


Focused on mission-driven or for-purpose organizations, Nicole has led senior executive searches at the Board, C-suite, Vice President, and director levels internationally.

John Durkey


John possesses over 25 years of experience in the retained search industry and has executed assignments across all functional disciplines in the Aerospace & Aviation, Healthcare & Life Sciences and Industrial Technology.

Walter Lee


Walter has over 30 years of business leadership experience with several MNCs and boards in the Life-Sciences, and healthcare industry. 

Laura Raynak


Laura brings over 20 years of executive search experience in the life sciences and healthcare industries. 

Karsten Matthes


Karsten excels in executive search with deep industry knowledge in Life Sciences and Healthcare, a global network, and proven consulting and specialist selection expertise.

Waichiro Hayashi


Waichiro offers consultative support and expertise to firms seeking improved performance through leadership change and counseling.

Paul Chau


Paul Chau has over two decades of executive search experience, and is highly regarded by clients of his expertise in the technology sector.

José López


José entered the Search profession in 2004 after 10 years in strategy consulting and 2 years line experience in consumer goods. 

Sanjay Shah

Advisory Partner

Sanjay studied economics at the University of Essex and in New York – and began his career with Barclays Bank. He then joined BDO where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Sanjay spent the next 24 years in various finance and operational roles, in food & distribution, hospitality, and healthcare – becoming Chief Financial Officer of The London Clinic.

Thomas Fuller


Thomas Fuller is a seasoned senior leadership advisor and executive search consultant who serves clients across the global Consumer sector.

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