Robert J. Atkins


Office Location: Philadelphia

Phone: +1 215 988 1000

Bob Atkins is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia Office and a member of the Life Sciences Practice, focusing on serving clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Most of his recruiting assignments have been for senior executive positions in general management as well as the R&D and commercial functional areas.

Previously, Bob was vice president and managing director, pharmaceuticals of the Hay Group for nine years, with responsibility for directing the pharmaceutical industry practice in the US and participating in the firm’s worldwide practice. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at IMS and Fisher-Stevens.

Bob has been active on a number of boards, both civic and business, including Passaic General Hospital, College of St. Elizabeth and St. Mary’s Hospital, all in New Jersey, and the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. in Washington, DC. He has also been a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).

Most recently, Bob has taught in the management department of the College of St. Elizabeth. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and in the management department of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s graduate division.


Bob earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. He has also completed additional graduate work at New York University Graduate School of Business.

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