Maria became the global head of ZS’s pharmaceutical and biotech practice in July 2021. She has been part of the firm’s life sciences leadership team for eight years, previously leading the global oncology and specialty vertical, working with over 20 companies a year and building a team that on average supports about 90% of all oncology launches. She founded and led core expertise verticals, including cell and gene therapy, and has sponsored the advancement of ZS’s work in areas such as rare diseases and biosimilars. Most recently, Maria led ZS’s relationship with a top five pharma account. She is a founding leader of the strategy and transformation practice and was the managing principal of the Philadelphia office. In 2020, she led the firm’s COVID-19 thought leadership workstream. Since 2019, she has served as chair of the practice council, focusing on the firm’s leadership in expertise, innovation and collaboration.
For more than 20 years in healthcare, Maria has advised many leading life sciences companies end to end in marketing, sales, customer insights, analytics and digital, operations, value & access, medical affairs, pipeline development, global and local strategies and launch. Her unique ability to connect the dots helps organizations set strategies, build leading capabilities and drive performance. In 2015, she was listed as one of Consulting magazine’s top 12 women consultants.
Maria is a recognized leader in life sciences, passionate about advancing health. She is published in a clinical journal on the system challenges of programmable biology advancements, such as cell and gene therapies, and has contributed to content in The Wall Street Journal, Scrip, Pharmaceutical Executive, PharmaVOICE, Medical Marketing & Media and others. She frequently presents at public and private industry events. Maria’s frequently in front of biopharma company leadership teams sharing perspective on the challenges of today and what’s around the corner tomorrow.
Maria joined ZS in 2005. Her prior experience focused on direct response and relationship marketing and advertising across several industries, including healthcare.
Maria holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in global healthcare management and a B.S. in business administration and marketing from La Salle University.