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Bench International Inc. Opens New York City Office

10/19/2005 5:10:48 PM

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Executive Search Firm Continues Growth

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2003--Bench International, a global executive search firm specializing exclusively in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, announces the opening of their New York City office located at 117 E. Fifty-Seventh Street. Established in 1974, Bench International currently has a global presence with offices in California and the United Kingdom. Philippe J. Barzin has been tapped to join Bench International as vice president and managing director, East Coast. Mr. Barzin brings nearly two decades of global pharmaceuticals and biotechnology experience to Bench International, including general management of the European operations of an established U.S. biopharmaceutical company. He also has more than a decade of experience with top-tier U.S. pharmaceutical companies. Most recently, Mr. Barzin was director of strategic customer alliances at Johnson & Johnson, and previously held numerous commercial positions of increasing responsibility with Eli Lilly and Company. Mr. Barzin will be the primary point of contact for East Coast clients and will also be responsible for operational and management efforts, including business development.

"Our objective is to provide our clients with immediate, real-time access to our team and our services. A New York City office significantly enhances our reach and service offering to our global pharmaceutical clients and to the East-coast based biotechnology industry," said Denise DeMan-Williams, president and CEO of Bench International. "By positioning our firm on both coasts in the U.S., and in an EU member country, we will be able to offer more to clients while maintaining the quality and responsiveness we already deliver."

Aside from its unique performance and milestone-based approach to delivering retained search services, Bench International has pioneered its S*T*A*R Solution® (Strategic Talent Acquisition and Retention Solution) program, which is the most effective diversity talent recruiting program currently available to their pharmaceutical clients. This innovative program provides recruitment and retention strategies for ethnic, gender, and culturally diverse leadership talent.

"No drug has ever been discovered, developed or marketed using homogeneous thinking. Diversity is not an option, but implicit in the continued growth and success of the pharmaceutical sector. This is not just a 'commitment du jour' for Bench International, but has been a lifetime mission. More than 35% of our assignments in the past 30 years have been filled with women and people representing diverse cultural populations," stated DeMan-Williams.

About Bench

Bench International ( is a performance and milestone driven, retained search firm, serving the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Bench International, founded and led by Denise (DeeDee) DeMan-Williams, was founded in 1974 and is the oldest industry-exclusive search firm in the United States. The firm is dedicated to bringing diversity of gender, ethnicity, and of culture into the leadership ranks of its client companies. Bench International continues to expand its global presence and has offices in New York, California, and the United Kingdom.


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