Joanna LaPlaca is a Director of Portfolio Recruiting based in our Boston office.  She joined Polaris in March 2007 and focuses on recruiting senior executives to our portfolio of Healthcare companies.

Prior to joining Polaris, Joanna spent a year as a Senior Consultant with ZRG, a boutique retained executive search, consulting and advisory firm.

Prior to ZRG, Joanna spent three years as an Associate with Spencer Stuart, a premier retained executive search firm.  In this role, she spent the majority of her time as a member of the Life Sciences practice.  Joanna has completed searches for senior executives in both established and emerging companies.  She has executed key assignments in a range of life science companies including large pharma, medical device, consumer health and drug delivery.

Joanna also spent some time working on Consumer Goods and Services searches successfully completing a number of executive assignments for national brand name firms.

Joanna started in search as a research associate with LAI Worldwide (eventually acquired by Heidrick and Struggles), and was later promoted to an Associate in the Life Sciences practice.

Joanna graduated with a BA from Wheaton College.


BA, Wheaton College

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