Meet our team

John Simmons

John Simmons

Business Director

As a former Virdis client, John brings over 40 years of client-side business experience and a formidable network in pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare and animal health. Prior to joining Virdis, he was Group Director at Pfizer International HQ in Paris with $1.5bn business across the Europe, Africa, Middle East Region, leading a team of 12 regional directors.  John understands the business pressures that drive our clients’ expectations for high quality executive search.

Over the years, John has led clinical research teams, business units, acquisitions, divestments, and customer facing technical, sales and marketing teams of all sizes.  He delivered more than a dozen product launches including Temodal – glioblastoma brain cancer, Clarityn Allergy – Consumer Health, and Nuflor–antimicrobial for bovine respiratory disease.

John has a BSc in Zoology from Dundee University, and an MSc in Parasitology from Bangor University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing, Business Leader in the Marketing Society and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  John lives near Paris with his family.