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Anshul Thakral Joins GLG to Lead Global Life Sciences Division


April 15, 2014

GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) today announced that Anshul Thakral has joined the firm as General Manager of its global life sciences business. GLG is the world’s largest membership for professional learning and expertise, providing clients across fields the targeted connections they need to learn, make decisions, and grow.

Thakral will guide GLG’s relationships and growth opportunities within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and healthcare service sectors. GLG Life Sciences works with a broad range of clients – from venture backed start-ups working on developing specific assets to top ten pharma companies and device firms looking to expand their global footprint, and everything in between.

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn, and Anshul will help us fulfill that mission in this dynamic and growing sector,” said GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand. “We’re proud to have him on our team.”

Thakral joins GLG’s global Life Sciences division with broad experience in management consulting and entrepreneurial healthcare ventures. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was an Associate Principal in the healthcare practice, counseling senior management and CEOs of global pharma and medical device companies on critical topics including growth, strategy, business development, go-to-market approach, commercial models, and product launches.

“Anshul brings to GLG Life Sciences important experience and an abiding commitment to learning and mentorship,” said John Donoghue, GLG Head of New Markets, to whom Thakral will report. “His background and his passion will help GLG deliver excellent learning experiences for our Life Sciences clients and drive our business forward.”

Thakral received his undergraduate and masters degrees in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a Co-Founder and serves on the Board of Directors of the Newark Mentoring Movement.

“There is a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden the work we do in the complex and changing life sciences business. GLG helps clients realize better outcomes – and pursue the most interesting and important scientific and medical discoveries that will change lives,” Thakral said. “That’s why I joined GLG.”

GLG was founded in 1998 to serve professionals who needed perspective that couldn’t be found in one-size-fits-all industry reports. It began connecting its clients with smart people who had firsthand expertise or operational experience. Today GLG serves the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups. Its teaching members include 375,000 policy specialists, academics, engineers, former C-level managers, and professional leaders. GLG is scaling one-to-one learning, pairing its members thousands of times a week, around the world.

About GLG/Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is transforming the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn. GLG curates custom learning experiences among professionals and thought leaders across fields, within a rigorous compliance framework. GLG scales one-to-one learning through conversations, mentorships, small group convening, surveys, and other interactions with its network of more than 375,000 experts. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG is the world’s largest membership for professional learning and expertise. Its 850 employees work in 21 offices in 12 countries. To find out more, visit and follow @GLG.