Paula is a recognized expert in sourcing top executive talent. With over 30 years of experience in recruiting and 24 years in the biotech and pharma industry, she has created thousands of connections and been pivotal in helping emerging biotech companies build their executive teams and large pharma effect change. Consulting on positions which range from chief scientific officers to senior scientists, Paula understands that finding superb individual contributors is as important as finding the best Chief Scientific Officer because what substantiates the vision are those who have the task to carry it out.
Paula’s deepest network is in the area of chemistry: medicinal, computational, process and analytical. However, in the last ten years she has successfully included pharmacology and biology, as well as informatics, into her database of success.
Her natural intuition about people and where they fit best, coupled with her gift of encouragement and guidance, has proven to be invaluable to her many new and repeat customers. This unique blend makes her an equally useful resource for both corporations and candidates alike.
For 16 years Paula was blessed to have worked under a wonderful, but curmudgeonly mentor who, with unbending standards, taught her the ethics and principles which have served her so well in her own business.
Upon moving to Maine in 2001 Paula decided to leverage her years of experience giving flight to her own distinctive style. In February of 2003, Paula officially unleashed her vision of what a search firm should be and incorporated Steele Executive Search, a deeply personal, in touch and transparent company committed to excellence. In the last 14 years Steele Executive Search, Inc. has developed a reputation as a top boutique search firm adept at finding extreme talent for the biotech/pharma world in the toughest of economies.
Paula graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover and went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to earn a BS in Medieval English History …yes, so pertinent to what she is doing now!
Paula enjoys the outdoors and is always engaging in challenging physical activity of many kinds. One highlight of this was her climb and summit of Kilimanjaro. This challenge-of-a-lifetime was taken with the Assemblies of God Missions in 2007 as a fundraiser for African medical missions. The group raised seventy-seven thousand dollars for HealthCare Ministries giving them the finances to fly in a team of doctors and nurses and treat thousands of men, women and children in desperate need.
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