Kingfisher Talent Launches, Redefines Traditional Executive Search

20 September 2016

Boutique firm Dives Deep to Secure Competitive Edge in Executive Search, Retention and Organizational Development For Massachusetts-based Life Sciences Companies

BOSTON, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kingfisher Talent ( launched today to provide a unique and comprehensive level of service to life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The company is a Boston-based consortium of six luminaries who are experts in their respective fields. Leading this powerhouse team is Lucy Watson-Baker, a veteran of executive search in the life sciences industry.

“We’re seeing life sciences companies in Massachusetts being held back because they’re struggling to compete for great hires,” says Watson-Baker. “Bringing top performers into the fold within this market is what keeps CEOs up at night. Getting the right team in place and retaining those people so the business can grow is a make-or-break proposition.”

The Bay State is a dynamic global hub for life sciences innovation. According to the Boston Business Journal, the biotech sector accounts for many of the fastest-growing companies in the state. Coupled with unemployment at 3.9%, the result is low labor supply and intense competition for top leaders. Given these realities, Deloitte’s 2016 Global Life Sciences Outlook identifies talent shortages as a continuing obstacle for companies looking to grow and evolve. Kingfisher Talent aims to be an important ally for Boston’s life sciences companies as they navigate this tough environment.

The Kingfisher Talent team shares a singular vision to “accelerate talent,” empowering transformation and growth. The model is designed to ensure clients see a return on their investment of time and resources. The team includes four transformational coaches together with an expert in organizational development, who deliver comprehensive programming with customized services to address each client’s unique set of challenges. Onboarding coaching, for example, streamlines executives’ transition into their new roles and maximizes their chances of success.

Whereas retained search firms typically juggle many simultaneous searches – often carried out by junior recruiters – Watson-Baker is passionate about providing a more personal approach that reflects the needs of Boston’s life sciences community. She plans to personally conduct a limited number of simultaneous searches to represent the best interests of her clients.

“Missed opportunities in the executive search and hiring process can limit a company’s chances for immediate growth and long-term success, especially for startups and small to mid-size businesses,” concludes Watson-Baker. “Part of our mission is to level the playing field by giving clients an elite level of customized services. We help clients choose the best available talent, retain that talent, and ultimately fulfill their strategic vision.”

About Kingfisher Talent

The Kingfisher team is a Boston-based consortium of recognized industry experts providing full lifecycle human capital services to life sciences companies in Massachusetts. Kingfisher is a woman-owned business, and women are strongly represented throughout the consortium.


Lucy Watson-Baker, Founder and Principal

SOURCE Kingfisher Talent

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