To meet current challenges of the global Life Sciences industry in today's climate of reinvention, Friederike ("Fred") Sommer was recently appointed Senior Vice President for Bench International Search Inc., a performance and milestone retained executive search and consulting company specializing in the Life Sciences industry. Sommer, based in Zurich, will expand Bench International's Europe and "Rest of World" presence with her leadership and development experience and established career in the Life Sciences industry.

In 2007, Sommer founded HBA Europe (Healthcare Businesswomen's Association), a global non-profit to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare. Today there are chapters in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. She has spent more than 20 years working in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry worldwide and across divisions as a senior trainer and coach focusing on developing, directing and implementing a wide range of global initiatives and trainings.

"As a respected Life Sciences leader in Europe, Friederike brings to Bench International, a targeted industry impact which is highly relevant when the Life Science sector is reinventing itself and determining a new normal," said Bench International Chairman and CEO Denise ("DeeDee") DeMan. "Friederike's Leadership Development skills combined with her Pharma Industry experience enables Bench International to better serve as first responders as the new normal evolves across Europe and the Sector's "Rest of World," DeMan adds.

Sommer's experience includes; Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Sandoz, Alcon, NI, Boehringer Ingelheim, RESMED Corporation, Healthcare devices. "It is an honor to join Bench International and I am looking forward to contributing to the further development of Europe and beyond, within this very innovative sector," said Sommer. 

SOURCE: Bench International Search Inc.