Professional Profile

David Fortier brings nearly twenty years of global executive search experience and an extensive record of senior level placements within the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries. Dave has successfully recruited CEO’s, CFOs and other senior operating executives for clients ranging from pre-revenue start-ups to multi-national industry leaders.

Dave has worked in more than 20 countries worldwide and uses this global perspective on each assignment to produce the best possible candidate slate and cultural fit. Dave’s clients appreciate his sense of urgency, responsiveness, and transparency throughout the search process.

Previous Experience

Prior to entering executive search, Dave began his career as a CPA in the Chicago office of Coopers & Lybrand (later Price Waterhouse Coopers) serving global manufacturing clients.  He later joined a $2 Billion conglomerate comprised of thirteen premium-branded consumer and industrial product manufacturers. There, Dave progressed through global finance, operations, and commercial leadership roles, gaining experience on multiple assignments in the U.S., Asia, South America and Europe.

Areas of Expertise

Dave has extensive experience with Functional leadership, C-Suite, and Board level positions across the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Technology sectors with a strong reputation and body of work in Operations, R&D, Commercial, and Finance.  Dave has also frequently partnered with his colleagues in ZRG’s Industrial, Consumer, and Private Equity practices on assignments that touch on healthcare.


  • B.S. Accountancy, University of Illinois
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)
  • Certified Personnel Consultant