Office: San Francisco

SEAN LEE

Managing Director

SEAN LEE

Managing Director

Sean Lee is a Managing Director in the San Francisco office of Diversified Search, where he works primarily in the Healthcare, Life Sciences, Consumer and Retail, Education, and Nonprofit sectors. With more than 10 years of global search experience, he has successfully completed leadership searches for organizations facing changing business climates and significant transformation. He joined the firm in 2018.

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Lee was Head of Executive search at Blue Shield of California, a $17 billion healthcare organization. Lee most recently worked as Head of Talent Acquisition for Marin Health, a health system based in the Northern California.  Lee’s in-house experience on both the payor and provider side focused on innovative leadership that leveraged disruptive technologies and services to transform the healthcare ecosystem.

Lee began his search career in 2009 as a Managing Director at at a global boutique search firm headquartered in Singapore.  Based in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific, his clients included large integrated healthcare systems and multinational corporations in the consumer and hospitality industries.  Throughout his search career, Lee has worked with numerous organizations undergoing mergers and acquisitions.  Additionally, Lee continues to serve both domestic and global private equity and venture capital clients as an executive search partner to their portfolio companies.

Prior to his search career, Lee worked in fundraising for the University of California, Davis, his alma mater.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.354.2156

E-Mail: Sean.Lee@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Managerial Economics

University of California, Davis

PRACTICE AREAS

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS/ IT CONSUMER AND RETAIL EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE HEALTHCARE SERVICES HUMAN RESOURCES INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION LIFE SCIENCES

KYUNG H. YOON

Senior Advisor

KYUNG H. YOON

Senior Advisor

Kyung H. Yoon is a Senior Advisor at Diversified Search, joining the firm in 2018 and working primarily in the technology and consumer and retail sectors, with a particular emphasis on CEOs and boards. A former vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, Yoon is the CEO and founder of the Silicon Valley-based Talent Age Associates, where she has developed talent strategies for the Fortune 500, multinational corporations, and mid-cap/venture-backed companies in the technology, fashion, consumer, lifestyle, and financial sectors.

While at Heidrick, Yoon led the firm’s expansion in Asia, managing its Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Seoul offices. At Diversified Search, she works closely on cross-border search work through the firm’s membership in AltoPartners, the leading international alliance of retained executive search and leadership consulting firms.

Prior to joining Heidrick, Yoon served as President of Benten Investments, Inc., in San Francisco; President of Pacific Union Management in San Francisco; and Vice President of Dillingham Development Co. in Honolulu. She began her career at BNP Paribas. She is also the Co-Founder and Partner of the Executive Board Exchange (EBX), the premier community for corporate director and board engagement. She currently serves as a board director of the global fashion group MCM Worldwide, board director of Give2Asia, council member of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and as an advisory board member of Translink Capital. Previously, she served on the boards of Silicon Valley Bank; several venture-backed technology companies, including Mobile Money Ventures (a joint venture between Citi and SK Telecom); and several nonprofits, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board. Born in Seoul, Korea to a diplomatic family, she grew up in Seoul, Washington, D.C., and Paris, and is fluent in English, French, and Korean, with literacy in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

CONTACT

Phone: 650.283.4339

E-Mail: Kyung.Yoon@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration - Finance and Marketing

University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts - Economics and French

Goucher College

PRACTICE AREAS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CEO CONSUMER AND RETAIL INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

ROGER ANDERSON

Managing Director

ROGER ANDERSON

Managing Director

As co-founder and Managing Partner at BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2016, Roger Anderson sets the highest standards for client service for the firm. His vision and commitment to excellence provide the platform for the BioQuest service model, which for nearly three decades has transformed the firm into one of the leading healthcare specialty executive search firms in the United States.

Anderson’s practice is focused exclusively on conducting searches at the CEO, board, and vice president levels. He has successfully completed more than 75 CEO searches for medical device and diagnostic companies, raising significant value for clients through the recruitment of outstanding leadership.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Roger.Anderson@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Zoology

University of Wisconsin

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST CEO LIFE SCIENCES PRIVATE EQUITY

KAREN BERTRAND

Managing Director

KAREN BERTRAND

Managing Director

Karen Bertrand leads the Biopharma and Diagnostics practices at BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2016. She has more than 20 years of experience recruiting CEOs, senior management teams, and board members for a wide range of both established and emerging life science companies.

Bertrand is passionate about recruiting for companies that are developing breakthrough technologies and leveraging innovation in related fields like nanoparticle technology and biomaterials. She has completed searches for senior executives in general management, discovery and clinical research, product development and finance, and commercial leadership roles. Her clients include companies focused in ethical Rx development, POC and molecular diagnostics, drug delivery/combination therapy products, and analytical tools and services.

She has a knack for identifying talent that can take burgeoning innovative technology organizations to the next level—whether it’s a founder-CEO transition, adding independent board members, a progression to clinical development, or defining a strategic roadmap.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Karen.Bertrand@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts

Universite de Paris-Sorbonne

Master of Arts

University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Business Administration - International Relations

University of California, Davis

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST LIFE SCIENCES

BRAD BUEHLER

Vice President and Senior Associate

BRAD BUEHLER

Vice President and Senior Associate

Brad Buehler joined BioQuest in 2002, and remains with the firm after its acquisition by Diversified Search in 2016. He recruits cross-functional VP and C-suite level individuals for emerging and established clients in the Medical Device and Digital Health sectors.

Buehler’s expertise is built around deep industry and domain knowledge; he has developed and cultivated a broad network of established and emerging leaders whom he calls upon frequently to vet candidates.

Prior to joining BioQuest, Buehler spent 10 years with a retained executive search firm, staffing senior level leadership for healthcare information technology companies, including startups, health IT vendors, and systems integration and consulting firms.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Brad.Buehler@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration (International Business)

Dominican University

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST LIFE SCIENCES

KIM ENNIS

Managing Director

KIM ENNIS

Managing Director

Kim Ennis specializes in the recruitment of senior-level executives for medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare IT companies.

Since joining BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2016, in 2001, Ennis has focused her practice on recruiting C-suite executives, board members, and other senior leaders in the medical device, consumer health and wellness, and health IT markets. Well-honed at assessing talent, she recruits for all functional leadership roles, including sales and marketing, R&D, operations and manufacturing, regulatory, clinical, quality, and finance. She has built an impressive roster of clients and works with companies of various stages of growth—from early-stage and venture-capital-backed to global public.

Ennis brings almost 30 years of healthcare experience to her search work. She has held positions in sales, training, and business development for leading medical device companies such as Mallinckrodt, Haemonetics, and Laserscope. She also spent a decade as a registered nurse, specializing in cardiovascular and open-heart surgery.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Kim.Ennis@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Master of Arts - Education

Columbia University

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Adelphi University

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST LIFE SCIENCES

TONY LENG

Managing Director

TONY LENG

Managing Director

Tony Leng is a Managing Director of Diversified Search and leads the firm’s CIO/IT practice from its San Francisco office. Previously, he was Managing Partner of Hodge Partners. Leng has conducted many C-suite-level searches for organizations where leaders are transforming and/or building organizations that are taking advantage of digital technologies. His clients have included Aurora Healthcare; Axalta; Catholic Health Initiatives; Blue Shield of California; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Delta Dental; Dignity Health; Esurance; Kaiser Permanente; Novant Health; PG&E; Polycom; Sutter Health; Symmetricom; TE Connectivity; and Wellmark.

Prior to joining the field of executive search, Leng was a board member of three public companies and CEO of a $600 million public company. Prior to that, he ran a $1 billion division of a telephone company focused on corporate users and had responsibility for all data services and networking products. While at the telephone company, he was founder and chairman of its ISP and a board member of its two-million-subscriber cell phone subsidiary.

Leng uses his operating experience from being a CEO, financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical knowledge from the work that he has done for tech companies to drill down and understand at a nuanced level what his clients are seeking to achieve as they build their teams. He has written numerous papers on technology leadership and the challenges facing technology leaders today and authors a blog, Resources for the Modern CIO, at tonyleng.com.

The core of Leng’s consulting has been with senior leaders who are seeking to transform their organizations as they face a future of rapid change, digitization, regulation, shifting markets, and increasingly connected and informed customers.

For the past 12 years, Leng has facilitated the Fisher CIO Forum, a monthly venue where CIOs and CTOs discuss topics of relevance in their daily lives, and which affords such leaders the opportunity to develop a close network to discuss current challenges in a peer group environment on a confidential basis. Participating companies in the Forum have included Blue Shield, Clorox, Cost Plus, Delta Dental, Dignity Health, Esurance, Facebook, FitBit, Franklin Templeton, Gap, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Levi Strauss, McKesson, Macys.com, Matson, Mulesoft, Okta, PG&E, Restoration Hardware, Ross Stores, Safeway, Salesforce.com, Schwab, Splunk, Uber, VMWare, and Williams-Sonoma, among others.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.354.2154

E-Mail: Tony.Leng@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Commerce (honors) - Accounting

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Certified Public Accountant

Chartered Accountant

PRACTICE AREAS

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS/ IT CONSUMER AND RETAIL DIGITAL, MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS EDUCATION, NONPROFIT, AND ARTS AND CULTURE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES FINANCIAL SERVICES HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRIAL LIFE SCIENCES INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

JO MAHANEY

Vice President and Senior Associate

JO MAHANEY

Vice President and Senior Associate

JoAnn “Jo” Mahaney works within the Medical Device, Biopharma, and Healthcare Technology practices at BioQuest, a Diversified Search company. A seasoned professional with more than three decades of experience in retained executive search, she has consulted with a diverse range of clients—from emerging private companies to public global leaders.

Mahaney’s breadth and depth of experience give her a keen eye for recruiting executives that align with her clients’ corporate cultures. She partners with senior management to understand a client’s challenges, competitive landscape, mission, culture, and plans for growth. She finds that the excitement and satisfaction of her work are in identifying the right skill set and personality in candidates, effectively communicating the opportunity to potential candidates, and successfully placing that essential team member to help clients achieve their strategic goals.

Prior to joining BioQuest, Mahaney held executive recruiting positions in global firms such as Heidrick & Struggles, SpencerStuart, and Ward Howell International. She also led her own retained search consultancy, The Mahaney Group, which focused on building executive teams for emerging growth companies.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Jo.Mahaney@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

Minnesota State University

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST LIFE SCIENCES

GALE RICHARDS

Managing Director

GALE RICHARDS

Managing Director

Gale Richards has built and developed senior leadership teams for fast-growing medical technology companies for more than 25 years. As both a seasoned executive recruiter and an experienced sales and marketing leader in the healthcare space, she understands a company’s DNA and adeptly identifies and places leaders that will help an organization grow and evolve.

A partner at BioQuest, a Diversified Search company, since 2003, Richards has become a key advisor to CEOs, venture capitalists, and senior executives as they search for high-impact talent to lead their companies. Her passion is finding those transformational leaders that can embrace challenges and develop a thriving company culture. Her search experience includes C-suite, board members, and senior executives for every cross-functional role, and her industry expertise includes work in the medical devices, healthcare IT, digital health, and diagnostics sectors.

Richards is a member and investor in Life Science Angels and is a featured speaker at industry events—such as the UCSF Entrepreneurship Center and HealthTech Capital’s annual conference—where she tackles topics such as leadership and building innovative teams.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Gale.Richards@divsearch.com

Location: San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Texas Women's University

PRACTICE AREAS

BIOQUEST LIFE SCIENCES