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 competitive organizations and analyze market forces. Kim is a sought after authority, providing in-depth understanding of industry trends and their effect on a workforce, while offering unique candidate assessment and recruitment methodologies.
Since becoming president and CEO in 2005, Kim has driven and cultivated The Agency’s unsurpassed commitment to connecting renowned leaders and innovators to address the demands of ever-expanding global and aging population. She has developed a dynamic, matrix-like team and a vast network of industry contacts who work together on a global scale to identify and attract the leading “passive” talent. Her sensitivities to the needs of the clients and candidates have driven the company’s successful placements – totaling hundreds of high-quality candidates at Fortune 500 organizations and start-up organizations alike. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, she graduated with honors from UCLA in Psychology and completed additional coursework at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.