Michael Walter – Executive Vice President, Digital

Michael Walter

Executive Vice President, Digital

Michael is an Executive Vice President managing the Digital Recruiting Group for Hawthorne Executive Search. Michael, after a successful pharmaceutical career in sales and marketing was brought on board to build out the pharmaceutical group for the company. His pharmaceutical recruiting efforts transitioned towards the pharmaceutical advertising and marketing side of the business eventually becoming focused almost exclusively on the digital side of those areas. Over the last 8 years his digital recruiting experience has crossed into more purely digitally focused companies to include start-ups, publishers, websites, agencies, software companies, portals, ecommerce and cloud based companies and he’s deeply tuned in to all the needs of these businesses.

Michael comes to HES after 7 very successful years in Pharmaceutical Sales, Marketing, Management and Training with Hoechst Marion Roussel, Aventis and ICOS. Prior to his Pharmaceutical career Michael spent 8 years in the Financial Services Industry as a financial consultant with industry giants, Merrill Lynch and A.G. Edwards. His in depth industry experience in marketing and sales has prepared him well for his current role in finding professionals for the Digital Group.

Within the Digital Group Michael works with a broad variety of companies all of whom are connected through digital products or services. He has a passion for all things digital and keeps abreast of all new technologies, products and products being rolled out digitally. He’s worked to help build small start-ups and with large companies looking to build out digital talent. His specialty is front to the back of the house and includes finding business development, marketing, engineering/development, research and management professionals. Essentially he has helped find pretty much anyone a digitally focused company would need.

Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. When not working he enjoys spending time with his two young daughters Olivia and Bella, wife Erin and their herd of dogs.

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