Catalyst Advisors Welcomes New Members to Growing Global Team

NEW YORK, July 13, 2021 – Catalyst Advisors LP, an international executive recruitment and assessment firm singularly focused on life sciences, announced several recent new hires. These new team members help deliver targeted talent solutions to the firm’s clients, companies at the forefront of human therapeutics innovation:

  • Kelsey Hallman has joined as Associate Director (Los Angeles)
  • Susan Kelly has joined as Director of European Research and Client Management (London)
  • Liz Pereda has joined as Project Manager (New York)
  • Cara Smith has joined as Associate Director (Los Angeles)

“We are thrilled to welcome Susan, Kelsey, Cara and Liz to our team of experts who are committed to advising clients on their complex and ever-changing business needs,” said John Archer, Founder and Partner at Catalyst Advisors. “Their collective expertise in executive recruitment and client management will be instrumental as we look to build meaningful relationships, foster collaboration and grow our role and impact in the life sciences space.”

Each of these strategic additions will support the expansion of Catalyst Advisors’ growing global footprint.

“I am excited to join such a sincere and strategic team of results-oriented experts,” said Susan Kelly. “Catalyst Advisors’ dedication to clients and strong commitment to valuing its own employees is already apparent, and I look forward to collaborating with my teammates to make a measurable impact in life sciences.”

Susan brings more than two decades of recruitment experience in life sciences to her new role. Prior to joining Catalyst Advisors, she served as a Principal at a global executive recruiting firm where she specialized in European healthcare, with a focus on pharmaceutical and biotech sectors at the Board, CEO and C-suite level. Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Company as a Research Analyst.

Kelsey Hallman brings more than six years of experience in executive recruitment and talent development to Catalyst Advisors. Previously, Kelsey was a Director at a global executive recruiting firm where she focused on Board directors, C-suite executives and general management roles for companies spanning the life sciences, healthcare, technology and consumer goods sectors. Prior to that, she led Advisor Relations for the GLG Institute, a global executive development community created by and for senior leaders in healthcare.

Cara Smith joined the firm with more than six years of executive recruitment experience. As a Senior Associate at an international executive recruitment firm, she specialized in C-suite, general management, commercial and scientific talent solutions in healthcare and life sciences, with a specific focus on medical technology and biopharma. Prior to that, Cara worked at a boutique executive recruiting firm serving healthcare technology and healthcare services companies on behalf of prominent private equity and venture capital sponsors.

Liz Pereda joins Catalyst Advisors with more than a decade of project management expertise. Previously, she served as a Project Manager specializing in the technology sector for a global executive recruitment firm. Prior to that, she worked at Treliant, LLC as a Project Manager and Senior Coordinator to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer.

About Catalyst Advisors LP
Catalyst Advisors is a global executive recruiting firm that is singularly focused on connecting visionary leaders with life sciences organizations at all stages of growth. The team includes a purposeful mix of seasoned recruiters and category experts who employ a white-glove approach to help clients build transformational boardrooms and executive teams. For more information, please visit:

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