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RSA makes key appointments in EU business

RSA, the leading global Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management specialist, today announced the addition of three talented consultants to its already strong teams located across Europe.

Germany, Switzerland and Austria

Stefanie Blasi will join RSA as an Associate Consultant, Interims. Stefanie already has specialist experience in recruiting Interim Managers in the Life Sciences industry gained at a major recruitment business in Frankfurt.

Bringing an intimate knowledge of quality management, regulatory affairs and sales and marketing roles to further improve, Stefanie will work with RSA interim divisions in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Prior to her career in recruitment, Stefanie studied political science at the University of Trier, Germany, where for her MSc master thesis she focused on international R&D Policies in Biotechnology.

Central Europe

Mateja Forstnaric joins RSA as a Director Central Europe. She brings with her over 20 years of executive search and consulting experience in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Prior to joining RSA, Mateja worked at a variety of consulting firms, including Odgers Berndtson and Heidrick & Struggles, where she was a partner. While there she conducted numerous executive search, talent development and leadership advisory assignments across the entire breadth of leadership functions and across wide range of sectors. She successfully helped numerous clients build and develop their management and leadership teams.

Mateja's experience also includes heading EMBA Marketing and Sales and Admissions at one of the leading executive development institutions in the CEE, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mateja is a frequent speaker at various business conferences and round tables across Central and East Europe and will be responsible for the Austrian and CEE market for RSA.

Switzerland

Dr Nicholas Draeger joins RSA as a Senior Consultant. Nicholas possesses over 20 years of experience in healthcare including working for big Pharma, Biotech and Medical Devices in research, business development and fund management capacities. He previously worked with Roche and Recordati, before heading the biotech sales-side research group at the French finance group, Credit Agricole Indosuez Cheuvreux.

Nicholas went on to be co-Founder and Director of Cederberg Advisors GmbH, now Cederberg GmbH in Switzerland. He is currently an advisor to the government-sponsored Innovation Hub and SA Biopark in South Africa and various biotech companies.

Nicholas holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in Biochemical Engineering, and a MBA from the University of Warwick, UK.

New hires highlight strength and teamwork at RSA

The slew of high profile appointments reflect the ongoing success of RSA within the Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management space in Europe.

“We have, for this year, over-achieved budget, and are proving profitable. That's why we have the power to invest in new hires, and that's why we're also looking for more people in addition to those we have already recruited,” said Kristian Juergensen, Head of DACH and Managing Director, RSA Germany.

Explaining why RSA has continued to grow in recent years, he added: “We recognise that companies want to work more with specialists, not with generalists. They are impressed by a niche player like RSA, which is family owned, and which approaches the market as a team player.”

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