Jake Vander Zanden

PARTNER, Executive Search

Jake Vander Zanden serves as a Partner and leader of McDermott + Bull’s Technology Life Sciences Practice.

Jake spent over 25 years as a turnaround and growth leader completing business transformations as a senior executive at companies like Allergan, Medtronic, and more. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, and managed businesses in all the major regions of the world. Jake’s success has come from his ability to quickly and continuously develop high performing teams and guide their achievement of company changing initiatives, regardless of country, language, culture, or product group.

Jake is an active member of the Life Sciences community and serves on the Leadership Board of DeviceAlliance™, as a Growth Services Advisor for OCTANe, and judge for the annual OCTANe High Technology Awards Program. Jake is a OWL Champion Member, an organization committed to developing diverse leadership to advance Ophthalmic Innovation and create opportunities for collaboration. He is an expert-in-residence at Applied Innovation and an MBA mentor for the Paul Merage School of Business, both at the University of California Irvine. Jake is also a reviewer for the NIH POP grant program for the University of California system. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and management from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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McDermott + Bull Places President + Chief Operating Officer, HealthPlan Data System

McDermott + Bull Places President + Chief Operating Officer, HealthPlan Data System

McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Ron Hamm as President + Chief Operating Officer at HealthPlan Data System (HDS). As a member of the senior leadership team, Ron will be a key contributor in helping lead the organization through its next critical growth phase,...


White Paper: Looking Ahead to 2022 and What Leaders Need to Know

As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, we are beginning to see a bright spot in the future of the life sciences industry and wider global economy.

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The Future of a Hybrid Work Force

The Future of a Hybrid Workforce

As we begin to re-enter a normalized version of the past 16 months, the transition from fully remote workforces to new working environments is nearly upon us.

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What Independence Day Means to Me

What Independence Day Means to Me

On Independence Day, I’m reminded of so many men and women who have made incredible sacrifices to help keep our country free.

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