M Ballenger recruiter life sci healthcare products

Michael Ballenger



Michael Ballenger is a partner in our San Francisco office, and a member of the Life Sciences Practice.  He opened the San Francisco office, as well as established the firm’s Life Sciences Practice.

He specializes in board of director, CEO searches, as well as officer-level assignments in research, product development and all business functions. During his 28 years in executive search, he has worked with a broad range of clients in all segments of the life science/healthcare products industry. Over the last 10 years, he has focused on work with start up and development stage companies.

Michael was previously the managing partner of Highland Partners’ San Francisco office and co-leader of the firm’s Life Sciences sector. During his six-year tenure there, he built the company’s first Life Science/Healthcare Products practice. Before joining Highland Partners, he spent 10 years with Heidrick & Struggles, where he built and led the firm’s Healthcare Products practice. Michael began his search career with Howe-Lewis International, a life science boutique.

Michael’s healthcare industry experience includes more than three years as senior director of human resources for Genentech, Inc.; eight years as an executive with American Hospital Supply Corporation, where his last post was vice president of personnel for the Pacific International Division; and five years with Burroughs Wellcome and Co.

Michael is a graduate of California State University in Sacramento and holds an MBA from San Jose State University.