Heather Burns

Vice President

Heather Burns is vice president of Toft Group, working with top life science and healthcare companies in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings more than a decade of experience placing executives across many functional areas, including general management, sales and marketing, R&D, human resources, clinical, quality and regulatory affairs.

Heather joined Sanford Rose Associates – San Francisco in 2007, building on a life science recruiting focus that she began honing earlier in her search career. Previously, she served as senior recruiter for executive search and coaching form Ratliff & Taylor, and before that, as a clinical research recruiter focused on technical and scientific professionals for major clients such as Pfizer, Abbott Labs, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Procter & Gamble.

Heather holds a B.S. in Public Health Education from the University of Toledo. She has been honored with “Top 5 Consultants” and “4 Star Producer” awards for her outstanding search performance within the entire SRA International network. Heather successfully completed some of her most challenging searches for clients in recent years, bringing A-players to many of California’s leading life science companies.