Odgers Berndtson Appoints Head of U.S. Life Sciences Practice

Odgers Berndtson has named Peter Schineller as a partner and head of the firm’s U.S. life sciences practice. “Odgers Berndtson is delighted Peter has joined us as a partner and head of our U.S. life sciences practice,” said Steve Potter, CEO of Odgers Berndtson U.S. “Peter is joining us at a time of high growth for our life sciences practice. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry spanning the pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic segments, Peter has held C-suite leadership positions in virtually all the functional areas within life sciences companies. This experience, combined with his executive search experience, affords him the unique ability to understand all that is required to lead and recruit for high-performing, distinctive organizations.”

Mr. Schineller was previously a managing director with Diversified Search Group’s life science practice. Before that, he served as managing director of BioQuest, a retained executive search firm recruiting healthcare innovators. Mr. Schineller has significant commercial launch experience, having managed the pre- and post-launch of more than seven newly approved products, in addition to being responsible for the creation of numerous sales and marketing organizations. He has deep expertise operating in both large cap and early-stage companies, including the co-founding of a start-up that raised more than $150 million in venture funding.

Mr. Schineller has also served in strategic and commercial roles for life sciences companies Depomed Inc. where he reported directly to the CEO; SkylineDx BV; Agendia Inc.; Alexza Pharmaceuticals; Ventana Medical Systems; Genoptix Medical Laboratory (a Novartis Company); Cypress Bioscience; Verus Pharmaceuticals; Elan Biopharmaceuticals; and Dura Pharmaceuticals. He began his career with Abbott Laboratories, with rapid career progression culminating in his role as director of Western U.S., managed health care.

“I am thrilled to have joined Odgers Berndtson at a time of expansion across the global life sciences practice” said Mr. Schineller. “In addition to my significant executive search experiences, I bring with me a wealth of experience working within innovative, growing life sciences companies. Odgers Berndtson is nimble, entrepreneurial, and its reach is truly global. I look forward to working with this great team to leverage my knowledge, expertise, and leadership background to better serve CEOs and C-suite executives at life sciences companies seeking leading edge talent and human capital advisory services.”

Odgers Berndtson delivers executive search, leadership assessment, and development strategies to organizations globally. The firm’s 250-plus partners cover more than 50 sectors and operate out of 59 offices in 29 countries. The U.S. wing of the firm launched in 2011 and has been one of the fastest growing search firms in the Americas. It now ranks No. 12 on the Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters ranking. Odgers Berndtson has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C

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