China – Medical Devices – Compliance Director – STANDOUT Exec Search

Case Study


A multi-national manufacturer of Medical Devices headquartered in the USA sought to improve upon representation of diverse talent in senior management and instructed an exec search for a Compliance Director, APAC scope, based in Shanghai.


With priority given to identifying female talent and with a strong focus on returning Asian nationals our remit was to identify ‘best in class’ Chinese, Hong Kong, Korean, Indian, Taiwanese, Singaporean, Malaysian and Vietnamese professionals with previous mature market and/or Asian pan regional experience, working in Pharma, Medical Devices or other highly regulated industry sectors.


Professional women in this region that meet the level of experience and seniority required by our client are fewer in number than men and less likely to be visible in the public domain. Additionally, the global identification of potential ‘returning nationals’ is not without inherent difficulties, however these areas of search are specialist practice for Manners Maclean and STANDOUT.

Parameters of Search

Further to performing a global competitor overview with organograms, our research teams mapped all relevant APAC end markets as well as global/regional hubs for female professionals working in relevant functions within top tier organisations across industry sectors including pharmaceutical, life-science, medical devices, tobacco, alcoholic beverages and global management consultancies from within and beyond a list of target companies provided by our client.


A sound knowledge of our client’s business, strategies and upcoming needs within the APAC region, led to a shortlist of selected candidates being presented within four weeks for consideration for full screening and competency based interviews. The successful candidate was a Singaporean national who stepped into this regional role from a national role within a competitor organization.