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Dani Gavson
Principal
San Diego, CA

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Dani Gavson joined ZRG in 2019 by way of the acquisition of Toft Group, a boutique retained executive search firm specializing in Life Sciences. She has more than 25 years of experience in executive search, with a footprint in South Africa and the United States. Since 2002, Dani has specialized in the Life Sciences sector across all therapeutic areas and functions. She previously owned and operated her own Life Sciences recruitment firm in San Diego, California. 

Dani’s strong and impressive network has allowed her to place exceptional and highly sought-after industry experts in top tier roles within multiple functional domains across the entire drug development lifecycle. Her work includes the successful placement of senior and executive-level candidates (Executive Director, VP, SVP, and C-Suite [Chief Medical Officer and Chief Commercial Officer]) within research and development (R&D), translational research, clinical research, medical affairs, market access, and allied roles in many of the world’s leading Life Sciences companies. Dani has a solid depth and breadth of experience in recruiting along with deep insight and an understanding of the business. Committed to excellence, she is motivated by engaging with candidates, building lasting relationships, and serving as a resource and sounding board. She maintains her passion by being authentic and showing up for candidates and clients alike.

Areas of Expertise

Dani specializes in physician recruitment and has many years of expertise identifying highly skilled physicians and physician scientists as well as associated disciplines for roles in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics sectors. She has also worked as a market intelligence expert.

Education

Dani earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hobbies

Dani’s enjoys traveling globally, especially finding and trying great restaurants around the world. She enjoys reading, swimming, and yoga as well. 

She has volunteered for local charities in the San Diego area, including the San Diego Chapter of The Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Survivor Outreach Program for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dani is also a long-time committed blood donor.