Brendan O'Brien


Office Location: Philadelphia , New Jersey

Phone: +1 610.7171000

Brendan is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. Previously, he was a senior principal at Decision Strategies International, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016. 

Brendan has more than 20 years of executive management experience in the managed healthcare and life sciences industries in marketing operations and strategic development roles. He leveraged this experience to benefit new and existing clients by building organizational capabilities in robust business planning through future uncertainties.

Previously, Brendan was vice president of strategic planning and analysis for North America for a global, integrated healthcare leader where he introduced and implemented a strategic planning process utilizing scenario planning for the $10-billion pharmaceuticals business. Brendan worked with Pfizer pharmaceuticals in senior operational and strategic leadership positions in several European countries.

He is a member of the strategic advisory board for Provectus Biopharmaceuticals also serves as a member of the board of trustees of National Braille Press.


Brendan has a master of business administration degree from the London Business School, with a thesis of distinction in organizational behavior. He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in history from Bowdoin College.

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