Liz Shanahan has over 25 years experience in healthcare and life sciences as an entrepreneur, CEO, Managing Director, Chair and Non-exec. For the last few years, Liz has been a coach and an advisor to senior leaders, in communication consultancies and large pharmaceutical corporations. She is also an angel investor in start-up and scale up Health-Tech businesses, where she provides strategic support. Liz has strong leadership skills; a track record of business success; an enviable network across healthcare and life sciences, and a black book of other extraordinary contacts from her involvement with the World Economic Forum, the Global Irish Network, the Irish International Business Network, the British Council and Darden School of Business.
From 2011 to 2014 Liz was Global Head and Senior Managing Director of the Healthcare and Lifesciences Communications business at the NYSE listed management consultancy, FTI Consulting. She was also a Strategic Lead of the $210m Healthcare and Lifesciences business spanning Restructuring, Economic Consulting, Corporate Finance and Communications, where she developed a major new cross segment business for the corporation. This followed the acquisition of the business she founded, Santé Communications in 2007, after 12 years as one of the world’s leading healthcare communications consultancies. Global clients included 18 of the top 20 pharmaceutical corporations and she secured and directed multi-million-pound corporate, financial, brand, medical and internal communications consultancy contracts.
Liz has a degree in Computer Programming & Maths from University College Cork and she is an alumnus of the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
Liz was 2017 Kerry Person of the Year and she was recently highlighted by the Irish Times as one of Irelands most significant global leaders in Healthcare and Life-sciences and as a Sci-Tech leader worldwide by Silicon Republic.
Liz was appointed as a Trustee of CW+ March 2018