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Gerry Kennedy

Sectors:

Innovation Research & Commercialisation, Product Development / Clinical, Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, HR, Other

Gerry Kennedy enjoys a reputation for excellence in executive search for the global pharmaceutical industry. 

Founder of Recruitment for Technology (RFT) Ltd (www.rft.ie). The company has earned a leadership position in recruiting exclusively for the pharma / science sector as well as in research, commercialisation and technology transfer.

With a unique specialist expertise in research commercialisation, RFT maintains close links with emerging life science companies and has been a lead sponsor of BioConnect Ireland in recent years. Gerry works extensively with Irish universities, and with state agencies involved in promotion of research and technology development

Recent executive search assignments include a wide range of senior management appointments up to Board level, across drug development, technical operations and manufacturing, supply chain, Quality and regulatory affairs, and finance.

In research commercialisation, high profile appointments incoude Director of the Central Technology Transfer Office, and Divisional manager for Research and Innovation Commercialisation in Enterprise Ireland. Gerry has also recruited staff for many Irish universities, including executives for NovaUCD, UL and NUIG. He has also been involved in national surveys of technical skill requirements in various bio ‐sectors, including a Survey of Technical Skills in diagnostics companies (2005‐2010).

Prior to involvement of recruitment, Gerry has had a successful career in leadership roles in the Pharma and Chemical industry as commercial manager for DuPont Merck Pharma in UK & Ireland (1980 ‐1994) and as the founder of the specialist chemical company Gait International in 1994.​