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Heather Burns
Managing Director
Toft Group Division
San Fransisco, CA


Heather Burns is a Managing Director for Toft Group, working with top life science and healthcare companies in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She brings more than a decade of experience placing executives across many functional areas, including general management, sales and marketing, R&D, human resources, clinical, quality, and regulatory affairs.

Previous Experience

Heather joined Sanford Rose Associates – San Francisco in 2007, building on a life science recruiting focus that she began honing earlier in her search career. Previously, she served as senior recruiter for executive search and coaching firm Ratliff & Taylor, and before that, as a clinical research recruiter focused on technical and scientific professionals for major clients such as Pfizer, Abbott Labs, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, and Procter & Gamble.


Heather holds a B.S. in Public Health Education from the University of Toledo. She has been honored with “Top 5 Consultants” and “4 Star Producer” awards for her outstanding search performance within the entire SRA International network. Heather successfully completed some of her most challenging searches for clients in recent years, bringing A-players to many of California’s leading life science companies.