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Christos Richards Joins Catalyst Advisors as Partner, Stephen J. Williams Elected Partner as Firm Strengthens West Coast Presence
[January 10, 2014]

Christos Richards Joins Catalyst Advisors as Partner, Stephen J. Williams Elected Partner as Firm Strengthens West Coast Presence

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Catalyst Advisors, a leading boutique search firm specializing in recruiting board members and senior leadership for innovative healthcare and bioscience companies, announced that Christos Richards has joined the firm as a partner and executive recruiter, bringing a team with him for a seamless transition. In addition, Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D., has also been named a partner of the firm. The new partnership is the first initiative in Catalyst Advisors' 2014 expansion strategy, which will further deepen the firm's market reach and strengthen its position as the premier executive recruiting provider in the healthcare and bioscience industries.

Christos joins Catalyst Advisors from Levin & Company, where he was CEO. He spent the past 15 years there leading a team of nearly 20 consultants across five offices, serving healthcare clients across North America and Europe.

"Christos' demonstrated commitment to his clients' needs along with his market-specific expertise adds tremendous bench strength to our team, and I couldn't be more pleased to have both Christos and Steve as my partners," said John Archer, who founded Catalyst Advisors in 2008. "Together on the West Coast, they powerfully expand our ability to provide our clients with the intelligence, experience and high-quality service expected from the Catalyst team."

Earlier in his career, Christos spent nearly 10 years as chief executie officer of an integrated full-service human resources consulting group providing both executive search and contract executives for biotech and technology companies. He also managed the San Diego office and served as North American technology practice leader for a multinational executive search firm.

"In today's competitive global marketplace, having the right leadership talent has long been recognized as the differentiator of companies that create meaningful value," said Christos. "As a partner of Catalyst Advisors, I look forward to adding my two decades of search experience helping innovative life sciences and biopharmaceutical companies build the leadership teams they need to deliver important healthcare products and services for patients and physicians."

Christos joins Steve in Los Angeles, where together they will spearhead Catalyst Advisors' expanded operations on the West Coast. "I'm excited to be a partner of the firm and to be working closely with Christos to serve our West Coast clients," said Steve, who joined Catalyst Advisors in 2012 after serving as President and Chief Business Officer of a global life sciences recruiting firm. "Our combined experience in meeting both the commercial and technical management needs of our clients will create some very powerful synergies."

Before beginning his career in the executive search industry more than 15 years ago, Steve held a variety of biopharmaceutical roles, including leading pre-clinical development at DuPont and DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals, serving as a medical director in new product planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and being a key member of the management team that executed a successful IPO at Progenitor, a biotechnology company.

For more background on the Catalyst Advisors team, please visit

About Catalyst Advisors

Catalyst Advisors is a premier executive search firm devoted to finding exceptional boardroom and executive leaders for innovative healthcare and bioscience companies, including those in the biopharmaceutical, device and diagnostics, healthcare analytics, biofuels, and bioprocesses industries. Based in New York City, Catalyst Advisors was founded in 2008. Working with clients around the world, the Catalyst team identifies and delivers talent solutions that best fit clients' businesses and cultures at all stages of development and growth.

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