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The Bowdoin Group’s blog focuses on strategic and executive search content for the BioPharma, Digital Health, FinTech and Financial Services, and Software industries.

June 21, 2018

HR and Legal Experts Share Their Insights on #MeToo, Pay Equity Issues & More

On June 12th, The Bowdoin Group and Marsh & McLennan hosted the fourth event in their HR leadership panel series, Building Cultures of Innovation and Accountability, at Bowdoin’s office in Waltham, MA. Karen Walker Beecher, COO of The Bowdoin Group, moderated the discussion, which was framed around two timely topics: the #MeToo movement and pay equity.… Read More
April 25, 2018

Commercialization: Timing the Talent Ramp

Originally written for by Dave Melville, CEO and Founder at The Bowdoin Group. Launching a new drug is a pinnacle moment for any pharmaceutical company. In the US, it takes an average of 12 years[i] and $800 million dollars[ii] for a drug to make it into the hands of patients, so the importance of getting the launch right cannot be overstated, especially because organizations only have one shot to make a lasting impression.… Read More
April 18, 2018

What Is the Difference Between Product Management, Product Marketing, Product Development and Program Management?

Co-authored by Paul Manning, VP, Software at The Bowdoin Group, and Sean Walker, Partner at The Bowdoin Group In a recent Pulse post, VP Sales, CGO and CCO – What’s the Difference and Which Should I Choose?, we laid out the differences between three critical sales leader roles.… Read More
April 5, 2018

Words of Wisdom from HR Executives on Creating Culture, Accountability, and Work-Life Balance

The third installation of The Bowdoin Group and Marsh & McLennan’s HR Panel Series, Building Cultures of Innovation and Accountability, took place on March 29th at Bowdoin’s office in Waltham, MA, and featured four inspirational HR innovators from leading companies in the Boston area.  … Read More
April 5, 2018

Transforming Data into Value: Top Takeaways from an Expert Panel

Originally written on LinkedIn by Jim Urquhart, Vice President, FinTech at Bowdoin. Last week, The Bowdoin Group, in partnership with venture capital firm Hyperplane, hosted a lively panel discussion about “Transforming Data from a Liability to an Asset” in Cambridge, Massachusetts.… Read More
April 3, 2018

Balancing EQ & IQ in Your Organization: When IQ Isn’t Enough

Individuals with chart-topping IQs are the brainpower behind leading organizations, using their intellect to keep businesses ahead of the competition and maximize returns. Many of our clients hire the brightest minds from elite companies and academic institutions. While these high IQ individuals can bring tremendous value to their work, they may lack emotional intelligence (EQ). … Read More
February 27, 2018

VP Sales, CGO and CCO – What’s the Difference and Which Should I Choose?

Originally written on LinkedIn by Sean Walker, Partner at Bowdoin. VP Sales, CGO and CCO – What’s the Difference and Which Should I Choose? Just last week, I was asked this question twice. I get it all the time. The difference between a VP of Sales, CGO and CCO is a mystery for many organizations, so here’s my take on it with 20+ years of experience hiring for these roles in mind.… Read More
February 2, 2018

“Development is the New Equity” – Why More People are Choosing their Careers Over Equity

The allure of equity is undeniable, but recently, we’ve been seeing more and more people choosing career development over equity, regardless of their level within the organization. This surprised us, especially considering the number of hot companies out there that are receiving VC funding. … Read More
January 24, 2018

How to Deal with High-Performing “Bad Actors” in Your Organization

Originally written on LinkedIn by Dave Melville, CEO of Bowdoin. Whenever harassment cases hit the news, we’re all left wondering how we’d handle that situation if it happened within our own companies and hoping we’ve done enough to prevent it from happening in the first place. … Read More
December 7, 2017

7 Tips for Building a Culture of Innovation and Accountability from Heads of HR

HR executives are charged with building and supporting cultures of innovation in an increasingly fast-paced world.  Not only is innovation a nebulous concept, many HR executives explain that it is difficult to build the accountability that enables it to flourish. On Tuesday, November 28th, this challenge was discussed in depth at The Bowdoin Group’s corporate headquarters in Waltham, MA in the second of a series of panels geared towards senior HR executives.  … Read More

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