Lisa Flavin is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global Biopharma Practice and the firm’s Board Practice. Lisa specializes in general management, R&D and non-executive director engagements in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With over 20 years of experience recruiting at the C-level and board level, she has completed more than 400 executive search engagements, including over 325 spanning research & development and technical operations leadership functions. During her tenure in executive search, Lisa has developed deep relationships with R&D leaders in the Boston biopharma ecosystem as well as in other global innovation hubs.

R&D leadership assessment expert with a diverse biopharma portfolio

  • Lisa is an expert across the continuum of R&D executive functions, including discovery, translational, development, regulatory and medical affairs. She also has extensive experience with manufacturing functions, particularly in biologics and cell and gene therapies.
  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Lisa was a consultant for a leading national search firm specializing in the healthcare and academic research sectors. In this position, she recruited physician leaders at the intersection of academia and industry to guide hybrid and non-profit research enterprises.
  • Previously in her career, Lisa founded Concord Search Associates, a boutique executive search firm providing recruiting services to global executive search firms and the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Lisa began her career as a member of the healthcare products practice for a top-tier global search firm, where she co-led the healthcare products practice associate team in North America and recruited senior-level talent for life sciences and medical device clients in the U.S. and Europe.

Lisa earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Maine.

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