Our Team

The Toft Group Executive Search Team is passionate about Changing the Future of Medicine – this is personal for each of us, and actually in our DNA. Our Team shares deep understanding of the industry from years of “in-house” experience, which our search leaders bring to every assignment. As a result, we can quickly match talented industry leaders to individual companies and opportunities where they fit best, vetting carefully for a specific candidate’s cultural fit, technical skills, and prior successes. Our business is helping our customers identify and efficiently select the right leader, who will in turn help bring exceptional products to market, building companies of high value and ultimately delivering huge returns for both patients and investors.

We believe to find the experts, you have to be an expert. The award-winning team at Toft Group is 100% committed to finding executive level candidates solely within the biotechnology, digital health, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. With over 125 years of experience as former executives and hiring managers within Life Sciences & Healthcare companies, our expertise and passion helps our clients drive advancements toward more personalized care.  Contact us to find your next executive.

Robin Toft

President & CEO

Robin Toft

President & CEO

Robin Toft is the President and CEO of Toft Group Executive Search. Prior to establishing the Toft Group in 2010, Robin served as Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates® – San Francisco since joining the company in 2006. Over her 10+ years in the executive search industry, Robin has placed over 500 executives from Director through C-level, including numerous CEO’s, within rapidly growing biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical device, and digital health companies.

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Larry Hansen

Senior Vice President

Larry Hansen

Senior Vice President

Larry has spent more than 25 years as a life sciences industry veteran who dedicated his career exclusively to helping companies successfully commercialize novel diagnostic products that improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis allowing appropriate medical intervention.

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Mark Soufleris

Senior Vice President

Mark Soufleris

Senior Vice President

Mark Soufleris is Toft Group’s Senior Vice President, specializing in the Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical industries. Mark has spent nearly 30 years as a pharmaceutical industry veteran who dedicated his career exclusively to helping companies successfully commercialize life-saving products that addressed significant patient healthcare needs. 

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Lucy Lu

Senior Vice President

Lucy Lu

Senior Vice President

Lucy Lu joined Toft Group Executive Search in 2017 as Senior Vice President, where she is focused on building and developing leadership teams for our clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lucy has more than 30 years of biotech industry experience and is enthusiastic about applying her expertise to help build many successful healthcare companies.

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Lisa McCann

Senior Vice President

Lisa McCann

Senior Vice President

Lisa McCann is Senior Vice President of Toft Group, specializing in the Digital Health Practice and based in San Diego, California. She brings more than 25 years of search experience to the team, having managed her own, independently held executive search firm as well as leading in-house, corporate recruiting functions for high tech companies. Lisa has extensive experience working with venture backed, private equity owned and public companies in the technology space, including Healthcare IT.

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Angela Brooks

Vice President

Angela Brooks

Vice President

Angela Brooks is Vice President for Toft Group, based in San Diego. Angela joined Toft Group in 2010 as a seasoned executive search professional, experienced in recruiting executives within the Life Sciences and Healthcare industries.

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Raul Lamas

Vice President

Raul Lamas

Vice President

Raul Lamas is Vice President for Toft Group, based in San Diego and leads our CFO Franchise. Raul joined Toft Group in 2013 and brings an extensive amount of executive recruiting experience and specializing in the placement of CEOs, CFO's, Presidents and senior level executives in both early stage and more mature companies.

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Heather Burns

Vice President

Heather Burns

Vice President

Heather Burns is Vice President for Toft Group, working from both San Diego and San Francisco offices. Heather joined Toft Group in early 2007, and has since been involved in the placement of executives across many functional areas.

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Steve Merwin

Vice President

Steve Merwin

Vice President

Steve Merwin is Vice President at Toft Group, based in San Francisco. He joined Sanford Rose Associates in 1999 and has since built a strong and dependable reputation for client and candidate satisfaction.

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Linda Sierra

Vice President

Linda Sierra

Vice President

Linda Sierra is Vice President at Toft Group, based in San Diego. Linda joined Sanford Rose Associates ® in 2010. She is an accomplished recruiter and Human Resource professional, having spent eighteen years working in the Biotechnology (pharmaceutical and diagnostic) industry within both private and public companies.

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Suzanne O'Brien

Practice Leader, Digital Health

Suzanne O'Brien

Practice Leader, Digital Health

Suzanne O’Brien is Practice Leader, Digital Health for Toft Group.  Suzanne joined Toft Group in 2014, and brings over 10 years of experience working with executives.

Prior to joining Toft Group, Suzanne was a Director for Renaissance Leadership, an executive search firm in Silicon Valley...

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Scott Jackson

Director

Scott Jackson

Director

Scott Jackson is Director for Toft Group and is based in San Francisco, California. Previously, he was a Business Development Manager with a San Francisco based professional services firm providing skilled experts and tailored solutions related to critical Quality and Regulatory initiatives.

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Tyeara Shelly

Director

Tyeara Shelly

Director

Tyeara Shelly is a Director for Toft Group, based at the company’s headquarters in San Diego. She is involved in the entire recruitment process and excels at identifying and assessing talent for executive positions that are essential to the success of high-performing organizations.

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Ayesha Price

Director

Ayesha Price

Director

Ayesha Price is a Director for Toft Group, based in San Francisco. She joined Sanford Rose – Toft Group in 2013 bringing a strong Life Sciences background. Ayesha has conducted research within industry as well academia which adds to her breadth of experience in dealing with varying customer needs

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Michael Young

Director

Michael Young

Director

Michael Young is a Director for Toft Group Executive Search and is based at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, California. Michael joins Toft Group from National Search Associates (NSA), an executive search firm where he was focused on recruiting Director-level through C-level positions within the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, technology, and diagnostics industries.

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Operations

Dorrie Chung

Chief Operating Officer & V.P. Finance

Dorrie Chung

Chief Operating Officer & V.P. Finance

Dorrie leads our process improvement efforts and is responsible for finance and accounting, corporate reporting and operations, human resources, and information technology support.

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Rachael Thor

Director, Customer Support & Marketing Communications

Rachael Thor

Director, Customer Support & Marketing Communications

Rachael Thor is the Director, Customer Support & Marketing Communications for Toft Group Executive Search, based in San Francisco. Since joining Sanford Rose Associates® in 2004, Rachael has held many roles including that of Administrative Assistant and Researcher and routinely provides assistance to the Search Consultants on special projects and marketing.

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Kelley Beyer

Director, Search Operations & Analytics

Kelley Beyer

Director, Search Operations & Analytics

Kelley Beyer is Director of Search Operations and Analytics at Toft Group Executive Search, based in San Diego. In this role she serves on the Toft Group Operations Team, coordinates process improvement initiatives, monitors search performance metrics, and generally ensures an efficient search process for our customers. 

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Katie Vandenburg

Senior Executive Assistant and San Diego Office Manager

Katie Vandenburg

Senior Executive Assistant and San Diego Office Manager

Katie Vandenburg is the Senior Executive Assistant and Office Manager for Toft Group in San Diego. Katie comes to the Toft Group with over 7 years of experience in executive administration and operations; having worked within the construction, healthcare insurance brokerage, and medical device industries.

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Dolly Bauer

San Francisco Office Manager & Sales Support

Dolly Bauer

San Francisco Office Manager & Sales Support

Dolly Bauer is the San Francisco Office Manager for the Toft Group and provides sales support for the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and customer support nationwide. Dolly has over 25 years of experience in Executive Administration.

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Robin Toft - President & CEO

Dorrie Chung - Chief Operating Officer & VP Finance

Larry Hansen - Senior Vice President

Mark Soufleris - Senior Vice President

Lucy Lu - Senior Vice President

Dorrie Chung - Chief Operating Officer & VP Finance

Rachael Thor – Director, Customer Support & Marketing Communications

Kelley Beyer - Director, Search Operations & Analytics

Katie Vandenburg - Senior Executive Assistant & San Diego Office Manager

Dolly Bauer - San Francisco Office Manager & Sales Support