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Michael Moran


Michael as an executive search consultant and HR executive has exceptional expertise in building and developing diverse, high-performing management teams. 

He also has extensive background in the life sciences sector, having enjoyed a successful 27-year career with Merck.

Professional Focus

  • More than 25 years’ experience in executive search and human resources leadership
  • Specialized expertise in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology spanning a range of functions within research, manufacturing, commercial operations, HR and finance
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in talent acquisition and management, human capital strategy, leadership development, succession planning, retention and employee relations, as well as diversity, compensation and contract negotiation

Business Expertise

  • Managing Director, Life Sciences and Practice Leader, Retained Executive Search for a leading executive search firm
  • Vice President of retained executive search firm specializing in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Founder & Managing Member of an executive search and HR consulting firm
  • Senior Director, Compensation – US Sales & Marketing, Merck
  • Senior Director, Human Resources – US Sales & Managed Care, Merck; member of EVP-US Sales & Managed Care executive committee
  • Director, US Field Sales Recruiting & Staffing, Merck
  • Director, Human Resources, Merck Manufacturing Division

Practice Membership

Global Industry Practices

  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Human Resources

Additional Expertise

  • Biotech
  • Industrial
  • Pharma

Education & Certifications

  • BS, Business Management with High Honors from Northeastern University, Boston
  • Graduate courses in business at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
  • Certified Compensation Professional, American Compensation Association
  • Certificate in Employee Relations Law, Institute for Applied Management & Law
  • Negotiating & Administering the Labor Contract, University of Michigan Executive Development
  • Executive Coaching Certification, North Carolina State University

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member & Mentor, Cameron Executive Network (affiliated with Cameron School of Business, University of North Carolina – Wilmington)
  • Member, Society of Human Resource Management
  • Member, American Compensation Association
  • Member, World at Work


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