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RSA announces new Board Members

Global Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management specialist RSA announces new Board Members

RSA, the leading global Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Stephens as Executive Chairman, John Callagher as CEO and Sarah Wilding as a Non-Executive Director. The appointments follow the retirement of RSA’s Chairman, Roger Stephens and Board Director, Edna Stephens.

After 31 years of continuous growth and development, Founder and Chairman of RSA, Roger Stephens, and his wife Edna, are both retiring their Board positions. As shareholders in the business Roger and Edna will continue to act as mentors to the Board.

“The business I founded in 1981 has grown from a family boutique to be a world leader in its field and we’ve built a remarkable team inside the company as well as a loyal network of candidates and clients across the globe,” says Roger Stephens, Founder of RSA. “The time has come to prepare for the next step in our evolution and that means preserving the special culture and feel of RSA whilst making ourselves even more professional as an Interim and Search business.”

Nick Stephens will take on the role of Executive Chairman. Nick has been a Director of RSA since 1986 and joined the business full-time in 1995 where he has been vital in the growth and development of RSA’s ever expanding global network. Serving as CEO for the past seven years has enabled Nick to build a remarkable team, allowing RSA to become global leaders in Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management. With his professional character and integrity, Nick has built strong relationships and become a respected and well-liked professional in the industry.

John Callagher will take on the role of CEO. With over 19 years of Executive Search experience, he has won, implemented and led a number of search projects across 23 countries for some of the world’s leading organisations. John originally joined RSA as Managing Director of RSA Switzerland before quickly progressing to Head of EMEA. His clear vision within these roles has led to his new appointment.

“I would like to congratulate John on his new appointment” says Nick Stephens, Executive Chairman of RSA. “Now is the time for continued growth at RSA and as I embark on my new role, I believe John is well positioned to succeed as CEO. He is a results-focussed leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and I look forward to working with him to take RSA to the next level.”

John Callagher, CEO of RSA says “Having worked closely with Nick over the past year I have gained first hand understanding of what it takes to make a great CEO and I have gained valuable insight into the company’s long-term vision. I am excited to take on this new level of responsibility and look forward to helping RSA continue to thrive.”

With experience in top management consulting, board level assessment and high level Executive Search, Sarah Wilding joins RSA as a Non-Executive Director. Currently Sarah is Partner at Heads!, an International Executive Search company focussing on senior-level recruitment for Public, Private Equity and Venture Capital high growth businesses. Previously Sarah was Partner at Panthea Leadership, where she worked with organisations to maximise Board and Team Performance. With the recent launch of RSA’s report: Women on Boards: A Life Sciences’ Perspective, Sarah’s experience helping companies recruit the right individuals to drive growth is a valued asset to RSA.


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