Chief Business Officer, HealthcareRequires a strong understanding of the market potential of new innovations as the crossover increases between medical hardware, software and informatics. High-tech medical technology, diagnostics and devices are being leveraged for the good of the patient. Business/commercial strategists who can straddle regulatory, medical and economic challenges, focus on commercial strategy and as such feed into sales force effectiveness are highly sought after. VP Market Access Market Access is the hot topic in bio, pharma, device and diagnostic companies, as they are behind the curve in addressing the ever changing routes to market. Product introduction is much more complex today than in the past, and a complete rethink is needed by market professionals who understand the new priorities. VP/SVP Clinical Development The pharmaceutical industry is continually reducing forces globally but needs MDs who can develop their pipeline to ensure a steady stream of new or improved medicines. At the same time, MDs with a strong business sense and the ability to lead are in short supply. While we continue to see significant reductions in employment in the industry, the quest for clinical leaders remains stronger than ever. They are typically MDs, MDs/PhDs, MDs/PhDs/MBAs with 10 to 15 years of clinical leadership roles with deep therapeutic expertise. VP of Marketing, Healthcare New markets for healthcare services offer opportunities and complexities as new healthcare legislation changes the dynamics of the industry. Although companies across disciplines have been preparing for the impact of expanded healthcare services, there is a growing need for marketing executives who can martial digital technologies and partnerships to make their offerings and services competitive. VP, Sales Force Effectiveness Companies want to ensure their sales force is acting effectively, rather than bringing additional resources into the business. Companies need to consolidate the sales teams rather than expand them. Executives with industry and organizational skills will find opportunities in 2013.