Lauren joined ZRG Partners in 2018 as a Managing Director in the firm’s Global Life Sciences practice. With over 20 years of senior executive search experience, Lauren brings an extensive track record of success in recruiting senior-level talent at both premier global executive search firms and Fortune 500 companies. She has broad experience recruiting for a wide range of functional areas, including CEO, CFO, COO, General Counsel, R&D, business development, licensing, intellectual property, legal, sales and marketing, regulatory, human resources, and other strategic leadership positions for diverse industries.
Most recently Lauren was the Global Head, Executive Talent Acquisition for Merck’s R&D division – Merck Research Laboratories – where she managed a team of four executive talent acquisition professionals. Lauren led the build-out of the function and consulted with senior business and HR leaders on critical talent gaps, and drove effective talent strategies through partnership and collaboration with various stakeholders. In addition, she developed sourcing strategies and initiated talent mapping, talent pipelining, and succession planning for MRL’s most senior level roles and business critical positions for the South SF Hub, Discovery Research, Preclinical & Early Development, Clinical Trial Operations, Regulatory Affairs Clinical Development and Business Development.
Previously Lauren served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director at DHR International. Based in the firm’s New York and New Jersey offices, she was the Leader of DHR’s Legal Center of Expertise as well as a core member of the CEO and Board Services, and Life Sciences Practice Groups. In addition to conducting board searches for Fortune 500 companies, she was instrumental in building a new management team across all functional areas for a multi-billion dollar company, which became the single largest client of the firm.
A former corporate attorney, Lauren was a Partner at Korn Ferry International’s Global Healthcare and Life Sciences practice based in New York where she specialized in recruiting senior-level executives for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies at all stages of development. She began her executive recruiting career in 1994 with a large legal search firm and later became Managing Director for the firm’s New York office overseeing a team of 20 attorney recruiters. She continued in a leadership role with a major executive search firm in New York, where she was responsible for developing the life sciences practice after having successfully built the company’s legal and human resources divisions.
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Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, and a Master of Laws degree in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. She is fluent in Korean and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (inactive).