Our culturally diverse team is recognized for our track record of success and our broad, deep knowledge of the companies, the people, and the opportunities we represent.

Kim Firstback to top

President & CEO

Strategy and an eye on the bigger picture are hallmarks of Kim First’s tenure at The Agency Worldwide®. A respected industry expert, she works closely with many of the world’s top executives and researchers within the biopharmaceutical and food & agriculture sectors on multi-year engagements. Through her collaborations, Kim helps to build successful teams, structure […]View More.

Jeff Appelbaumback to top


As EVP & COO, Jeff is responsible for The Agency’s business operations including strategy, IT, finance, and HR. Jeff started his career in the entertainment industry, holding various creative positions that led to prime time program development for the ABC/Walt Disney Company. He worked on the forefront of technology as director of post production for […]View More.

Susan Shoemakerback to top

Vice President, Science & Operations

In her role as VP of science & operations, Susan utilizes her 20 years of research and teaching in life sciences to develop proprietary approaches to sourcing from in-depth publication reviews to analysis of cutting edge technologies and topics in the healthcare industry. Susan is also responsible for educating The Agency team on the technical […]View More.

Deborah Politeback to top

Executive Search Director

With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience across a number of industries, Deborah brings to Executive Recruitment her passion for cultivating and developing relationships, and her experience working with C-level executives. She is strategically focused, accomplished at building strong partnerships, and has excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Always feeling like there was more […]View More.

Dan Traskback to top

Executive Search Director

Dan joined The Agency team in 2016 and is based out of our Boston office to primarily support our East Coast clients and the extensive MA candidate base.  Dan holds an MS in Biotechnology & Biomedical Science from the University of Massachusetts; and after completing his masters, he spent several years in laboratory research before […]View More.

Michelle Schmidtback to top

Executive Search Director

Michelle Schmidt is the newest member of the team and the first to reside in Indianapolis, providing a personalized and focused approach to our clients in the Midwest. She brings a unique background tailor-made for connecting the highest caliber scientific talent with the best pharmaceutical and biotech companies. With over 27 years of experience from Eli Lilly, […]View More.

Galina Albertback to top

Executive Recruiter

Since joining The Agency team in 2013, Galina has made key contributions on behalf of clients in both project management and recruiter roles. Her great attention to detail and exceptional background in relationship management enable Galina to understand and build relationships with both clients and candidates. Her analytical skills, thoroughness, and understanding of business were […]View More.

Veneta Chemerinskiback to top

Executive Recruiter

Veneta joined The Agency in January 2016 bringing a scientific and academic perspective to the organization. She earned her masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Plovdiv in Bulgaria following a bachelors of science. In her role as Senior Project Manager, Veneta, facilitates the identification of ideal candidates by utilizing 15 years of experience […]View More.

Lyn Azusadaback to top

Recruitment & Sourcing Coordinator

Evexa Videsback to top

Recruitment Associate

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