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Adriana Petersen

Founding Member

Adriana Petersen is a lifetime entrepreneur with over 24 years of experience in the executive search business.

In 1997, Ms. Petersen founded Madison Shea ES, exclusively focused on the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device manufacturing industries. For over 12 years, Madison Shea ES’s has nurtured long-term business partnerships with organizations such as Stryker Endoscopy, Stryker Orthopaedics, Stryker Medical, Stryker Biotech, Stryker Spine, Stryker Instruments, Stryker Communications, Stryker Corporation, and Merck & Co. among others. Ms. Petersen takes great pride in having positively affected the careers of over 3,000 professionals, as well as the client companies she has partnered with in talent acquisition. Ms. Petersen sold Madison Shea ES in 2007.

Ms. Petersen has, in partnership with Michael Terlaak, Founder and CEO of the NRF, recently launched NEXUSBioMed,, a highly specialized executive search and leadership development company, catering to the physical and life sciences, to include nanotechnologies.