Office: Southern California

PETER SCHINELLER

Managing Director

PETER SCHINELLER

Managing Director

A seasoned senior commercial executive in healthcare and life sciences, Peter W. Schineller joined Diversified Search in 2019. He works primarily for BioQuest, the firm’s life sciences company, headquartered in San Francisco. His deep experience spans the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device sectors.

Before entering the executive search field, Schineller most recently served in the role of Senior Vice President, Sales, Managed Care/Trade, Corporate Development & Training for Assertio Therapeutics, a Lake Forest, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, he was part of a team charged with reinventing the company, and in this role executed a complete restructuring of the field sales organization, revamped the selling methodology, and reprioritized the product portfolio focus. Prior to joining Assertio, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Sommetrics, Inc., a Vista, California-based company that develops and markets technology for better sleep.

Schineller’s career in healthcare technology and bioscience began at Abbott Laboratories, where he began as a sales representative and rose through the ranks to become the Director of Western U.S., Managed Health Care. After spending four years as a Vice President at Dura/Elan Biopharmaceuticals (Elan acquired Dura), he then co-founded Verus Pharmaceuticals, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, eventually overseeing a team of 70. After a successful exit driven by the sale of Verus’s asthma clinical development program and its Twinject commercial business, he spent the next eight years in various senior leadership and consultant roles at several companies in the burgeoning pharmaceutical and  diagnostic sectors.

Schineller is a former Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he spent four years on active duty and another five in in the Reserves/IRR, attaining the rank of Captain.

CONTACT

Phone: 858.449.2500

E-Mail: Peter.Schineller@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts – History and Political Science

State University of New York at Stony Brook

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

TERRYL HOLZINGER

Vice President and Senior Associate

TERRYL HOLZINGER

Vice President and Senior Associate

Terryl Holzinger is a Vice President and Senior Associate in the Southern California office of Diversified Search. She boasts more than 20 years of experience in the executive search industry, with a specialty recruiting top executives in the life sciences, internet technology, consumer technologies, and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2019, Holzinger served as an executive search consultant for Witt/Kieffer, where she helped co-found the firm’s Life Sciences division. Prior to that, she served as a director and consultant at CT Partners, where she also concentrated in life sciences.

Holzinger began her career in the search industry with The Culver Group, based in Tustin, California, before moving on to a role as Senior Corporate Recruiter and finally Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Ask.com, where she played an integral role in defining the company’s global talent acquisition strategy, including lead generation in both Europe and Asia.

In addition to her executive search bona fides, Holzinger is also an ICF-certified leadership coach and has administered both the Hogan and Myers-Briggs psychometric assessments.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.793.0151

E-Mail: Terryl.Holzinger@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Art, Integral Studies

California Institute of Integral Studies

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director

MICHAEL SARNOFF

Managing Director

Michael Sarnoff is the leader of Diversified Search’s Financial Services Practice, and is based in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Diversified Search in 2018, he spent five years as Co-Founder and Partner at Highland Road LLC, a boutique executive search and capital advisory firm in Los Angeles, where his clients included asset and investment managers, hedge funds, private equity and private debt funds, and investment banks, among others. The roles he has filled include senior leadership (CFO, COO, General Counsel), investing and investment research, origination, capital raising, investment banking, and sales and trading.

Prior to co-founding Highland Road, Sarnoff served as a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, where he concentrated on capital markets in the financial services sector, and as a Client Partner at Korn Ferry International, where he helped build the firm’s global markets business. At Korn, he became the first senior associate under the age of 30 in the Financial Services Practice to ever be promoted to Client Partner.

Before entering the executive search industry, he was a manager of human resources for the University of Southern California, and began his career as the head of human resources at PBJ Digital, a North Hollywood web development and consulting start-up.

CONTACT

Phone: 646.270.6970

E-Mail: Michael.Sarnoff@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration - International Business and Finance

George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts - Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

FINANCIAL OFFICERS FINANCIAL SERVICES PRIVATE EQUITY

HEATHER LINEHAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

HEATHER LINEHAN

Vice President and Senior Associate

Heather Linehan focuses on cross-functional VP and C-suite level assignments, working with venture-backed, development stage, and high-growth publicly held companies in the medical device, biopharma, diagnostic, digital health, and health IT markets. With her collaborative approach to recruitment and a deep background in research, Linehan is adept at identifying, tracking, and aligning top talent with top companies. She is highly regarded for her work on key technical searches in R&D, clinical operations, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance, as well as on commercial searches in general management, sales, marketing, and business development.

Prior to joining BioQuest in 2007, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2016, Linehan held leadership positions at retained search firm McCormack & Farrow,  where she specialized in recruitment strategy and candidate development and evaluation.

Linehan is the founding President of the Southern California Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, where she led the establishment of the organization’s Advisory Board.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Heather.Linehan@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science - Social Sciences

University of California - Irvine

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES

DAVE MILDREW

Managing Director

DAVE MILDREW

Managing Director

Since joining BioQuest, which was acquired by Diversified Search in 2016, in 2001, Dave Mildrew has teamed with CEOs, senior executives, and board members to find the right leaders for fast-growing healthcare organizations. His specialty is building leadership teams for emerging companies, with a mandate for fast growth.

Before entering the field of executive search, Mildrew spent more than 30 years working in the healthcare industry, including in senior-level roles and as a human resources executive for global corporations including Pfizer, Medtronic, CareMark, and Tokos Medical. As Vice President, Human Resources at CareMark and Tokos, Mildrew played a key role in growing the organizations from emerging startups into large public companies. He was also instrumental in hiring the senior leaders who led IPOs and subsequent strategic acquisitions.

CONTACT

Phone: 415.777.2422

E-Mail: Dave.Mildrew@divsearch.com

Location: Southern California

EDUCATION

Master of Science - Management

The George Washington University

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS

LIFE SCIENCES