Holly Wittenberg

SVP of Life Sciences Executive Search

Holly Wittenberg is a veteran executive recruiter who loves people, science, personal development, and, most of all, her work which allows her to combine them all. She brings a high degree of integrity, knowledge, passion, and energy to every interaction. She and her team focus on value, culture, progressive thinking, and deep connection.


Holly has deep expertise in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, bringing over twenty years of experience spanning preclinical R&D through medical affairs specializing in physician recruitment and scientific leaders for emerging biotechs and large global pharmaceutical companies across multiple therapeutic areas. She leads an experienced search team at Alioth with a specific niche within Translational Medicine, Early/Late-Stage Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, conducting Medical Director through CMO/Head of R&D searches.


Holly’s real-world experience in executive search, corporate recruiting and non-profit provides a powerful advantage for her clients. Prior to joining Alioth, Holly helped Cambridge, MA-based Biogen create a successful internal sourcing strategy and team for Research and Development in service of advancing the company’s discovery, development, and delivery of innovative therapies for people living with serious neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Prior to Biogen, Holly was a Managing Partner at Kaye/Bassman International where she built a practice specializing in placing oncologists and hematologists in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry while spearheading a grassroots movement of volunteers who saw needs in the community and decided to make a positive impact. She was a founding member of the Kaye/Bassman Charitable Foundation, which has since raised over $1.7 Million for MDA and Baylor Cancer Center.


Holly received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University. She was the Executive Director of Dress for Success Dallas and served on the Boards of Dress for Success Dallas, Attitudes and Attire, as well as the Kaye/Bassman Charitable Foundation. She lives in Plano with her husband and two sons. When she is not watching her husband play soccer or boys at gymnastics, she can be found at the gym training Krav Maga or trying to find a quiet spot to read a book or listen to a podcast.