Our clients are dedicated to advancing human health and improving the lives of patients; we serve to support their success through our deep industry expertise and a relentless commitment to helping attract, engage, develop, and retain, exceptional people.
Kingfisher Talent reaches beyond traditional executive search to deliver a rich portfolio of highly customized services and programs including:
“Lucy is proactive, energetic on our behalf, and creative in her approach to get great results. Throughout the search process she consistently impressed me with her knowledge of the Life Sciences industry and her ability to serve as an effective communicator to our leadership team and the candidates she sourced for us”
Lucy Watson-Baker has worked at the forefront of executive search, recruiting, and talent acquisition, for over fifteen years. She is passionate about the art and science of attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining great talent.
Before founding Kingfisher Talent, Lucy was Partner with one of New England’s largest retained search firms where she co-founded the Life Sciences practice. She is dedicated to working with organizations whose mission is to improve patient care and drive positive health outcomes.
Lucy has conducted hundreds of successful executive searches from the C-suite through to one-of-a-kind, niche, individual contributor, roles. Her expertise includes recruiting top-tier passive candidates from high-demand, specialized pools of talent, and executing confidential leadership searches. She is regularly relied upon by client companies as subject matter expert to provide input on human capital challenges, and also as a sounding board for career advice.
Lucy is a Certified Human Capital Strategist and belongs to the Human Capital Institute. She is an active member of MassBIO, Women in Bio, WEST, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and volunteers as Mentor for the HBA Boston Chapter executive mentoring program.
Since 2017 she has been privileged to participate on the Leadership Council for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare.
Lucy is based in Boston and lives on Cape Cod in historical Barnstable village.
Deborah’s expertise is rooted in working with scientists and engineers–as Chief Financial & Operating Officer she’s typically been top advisor to a diverse array of C-Suites across numerous industries. Her functional domains span beyond finance, accounting, risk, and treasury to human capital management/HR and management information systems/IT. Her uniquely diverse background showcases a signature trait of quickly developing core expertise in new industries while recurrently delivering targeted results by expertly managing risk. Her specialty is the development of strategy and its execution.
Alongside founders she embraced the science behind market disrupting electronic test equipment, effectively solving the leading cause of tragic airline crashes for clients like Boeing Aerospace and the U.S. Navy. From biologists and nutritionists developing FDA formulations she grasped the sciences behind agricultural production. For a billion dollar public multinational trading in precision test equipment to all of Big Pharma, she mastered the science which achieved safety compliance in food and drug production. She cofounded one of the first profitable models in ecommerce, followed by Jupiter and Gartner, selling world craft vetted by Smithsonian merchants partnering with a World Bank economist, lauded by Forbes, Time, Vogue, and Oprah, backed by Amazon and Yahoo. Behind the scenes she built world renowned creative production firms in couture fashion & entertainment, with a nod from The Devil Wears Prada. She became a global advisor in Cleantech, where she counseled founders holding sole patents on the world’s only effectual thermal remediation systems, which eradicate large-scale contamination for every branch of the military, NASA, USAID, and the Fortune 100.
Recent consulting experience has been in biotech, behavioral healthcare, and public agencies spanning health, human services, and education. Her passion is career development, which naturally dovetails with Kingfisher’s art & science of attracting and developing great talent. She’s keen to make efforts toward revolutionizing its current model. She holds a Bachelor of Science in financial management from Bryant, an MBA in corporate finance from Babson, and an advanced graduate certificate in Strategic HR from Cornell; is an SPHR with HCI, an SCP with SHRM, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and candidate for CMA.
“Susan is skilled at helping new leaders quickly come up to speed by enabling them to cut through the maze of new reporting relationships and priorities. Their engagement and productivity are a testament to her coaching abilities.”
Susan is an executive coach, writer, and speaker who has worked with hundreds of executives in the biopharmaceutical industry. Susan writes for Harvard Business Review on career management and has published on overcoming the fear of failure, onboarding and conquering self-doubt. She is also the author of the bestselling Ditch Your Inner Critic At Work: Evidence-Based Strategies To Thrive In Your Career.
Susan spent her early career in high-tech sales and marketing where the seeds of her interest in coaching were sown. She is a mentor for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and speaks on topics including resilience, personal branding, negotiations, and positive psychology.
She is certified as an executive coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and has a certification in Positive Psychology Coaching. Susan earned a B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York and an M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Il.
A classically-trained musician, Susan loves musical theater and supporting the performing arts.
Susan is the Principal at Positive Workplace Partners.
“We engaged Carol to facilitate off-site executive sessions to help us develop new ways of thinking strategically about the 10-year vision for our company. Her enthusiasm was apparent at our first planning meeting and continued as she customized and facilitated the sessions. She led us through several exercises designed to expand our creative thinking toolbox. We finished by applying these concepts specifically to envision the company’s future. The outcomes were as promised. We have new ideas to propel our company forward plus a solid foundation of creative strategic thinking processes. We would recommend Carol without hesitation and look forward to working with her again.”
Carol Bergeron has worked at the intersection of business strategy and operational planning, talent strategy and leadership development, and corporate social responsibility for over twenty years. She is passionate about accelerating the success of individuals, teams and organizations in a world where change is fast, furious and increasingly complex.
With firsthand experience as a corporate leader prior to consulting, Carol’s practical solutions are progressive, scalable, grounded in business strategy and customized for maximizing organizational fit and commitment.
Carol works with private and public companies in life sciences, healthcare, technology, technical & professional services and manufacturing. Her expertise includes business strategy facilitation, talent solutions and people succession, and change management. As a seasoned instructor, Carol has taught at Boston University’s Corporate Management Education Center and Bentley University.
Carol is an author and speaker on the 7 phases of people succession based on her book People Succession: Lessons from Forward Thinking Executives in Middle-Market Companies and developer of live and self-paced online leadership courses through her publishing arm – Talent Magnet Series™.
As an energetic volunteer leader, Carol currently serves as Chair of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) New England Region where she oversees strategy development and leads implementation through forty+ volunteer leaders across four+ chapters, five centers of excellence and 1,200+ members for New England. Previously she served as HBA Boston Chapter President and Mentoring Program Director. She has also served as president of the Institute of Management Consultants New England, on membership & corporate development program committees with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Boston, and on the Board of Trustees for her condominium association.
Carol earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and executive certificates from Cornell University and Babson College.
Carol lives in Concord and enjoys bicycling, hiking, traveling and cooking.
Carol Bergeron is President of Bergeron Associates™.
Nathalie read Law at the premier Paris Assas University and worked as lawyer in the field of intellectual property before moving to international executive search.
Prior to founding the Virdis Group she created and led the UK affiliate of Pact Healthcare, an established French executive search consultancy.
Years of executive search experience and a strong track record of international success have given Nathalie a deep understanding of the life-science business and a strong empathy with our clients. Her extensive industry knowledge and specialist insight is valued by our clients, enabling them to benchmark realistically, evaluate carefully, and find the right individuals to lead and develop their companies.
Matt read Music Composition and Professional Practice at Coventry University, before completing a post graduate degree in Education from the University of Birmingham.
Matt has particular expertise with commercial and business development roles, especially within emerging and start-up businesses.
In addition, he has established a wide network to support statistical and scientific assignments across Europe and North America.
He has significant experience of working in recruitment and executive search for the UK government, as well as within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Matt joined the Virdis Group in 2012.
Laure has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from IGS Paris, a Postgraduate Diploma in German from the University of Strasbourg and is also qualified as an accountant (DECF).
Prior to joining the Virdis Group Laure worked in human resources and training within Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline in France. She moved to the UK in 2008 where she leads the Virdis Group research team.
Laure is an experienced and active executive search consultant for several of our long-established international pharmaceutical and medical device clients.