Robin Toft is the Chairman and Founder of Toft Group Executive Search, where she combines a deep inside knowledge of the life science industry with a passion for building game-changing management teams. In over a decade in the executive search industry, Robin has placed members of boards of directors, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CCOs, CMOs, CTOs, and other senior management positions in North American companies in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, life science tools, and digital health. A champion of diverse executive teams, Robin has built a reputation for recruiting women and minorities into top roles and helping the life science industry overcome unconscious bias in hiring. Robin is the author of the book “WE CAN, the Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement” (available through www.RobinToft.com) and leads Toft Group’s WE CAN™ movement to expand networking and learning opportunities for female executives nationwide.
Robin currently serves on the board of T2 Biosystems, The Clearity Foundation, supporting ovarian cancer patients, and is the Chairman of LEAD San Diego, the only organization in greater San Diego dedicated to developing civically engaged leaders. Additionally, Robin has been active on American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” executive leadership team and has participated in the annual 60-mile Susan G. Komen 3-day walk to support breast cancer research since 2010.
In the American Business Awards for 2020, Robin won Gold in the three major individual categories of Lifetime Achievement, Maverick of the Year, and Woman of the Year. Robin also won silver for Entrepreneur of the Year – Business and Professional Services. In 2018 and again 2019, she was honored as a finalist in Ernst & Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year awards. In 2017, she was named Woman of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal and also as a finalist for their “Most Admired CEO” awards. Under Robin’s leadership, Toft Group received Athena’s prestigious Pinnacle Top Company Award in 2013.
In 2006, Robin launched a second career in executive search following more than two decades as a biotech executive. Her prior roles include senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Roche, Vice President of Virology at Roche, and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at ViroLogic Inc. (now Monogram Biosciences), a San Francisco startup where she was instrumental in the company’s first product launches and IPO. Robin also served in a variety of senior management posts at LabCorp, one of the world’s largest clinical diagnostic companies, after beginning her career at SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories.
Robin holds a BS in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science) from Michigan State University and pursued her teaching credential from San Diego State University.