Sandra Thompson is a Strategic Advisor for Diversis Capital and is a member of the Board of Directors for Caligor RX. Sandra is co-founder and Co-CEO of VitalShift Partners, an advisory firm that provides due diligence and operational executive services for Private Equity and Venture Capital firms. VitalShift Partners, founded in 2010, has assisted numerous healthcare companies in successfully positioning themselves for transformation, growth and acquisition.
Sandra previously served as a member of Board of Directors, U.K. Board Chair, President and COO of Therakos, Inc, a global immunotherapy company. Co-leading the Therakos business, Sandra worked with The Gores Group to divest the Therakos business from Johnson & Johnson in 2012, and led the carve out and transformation of the business with direct responsibility for business and clinical strategy, clinical services, and operational functions. Therakos was acquired by Mallinckrodt in 2015.
Sandra’s 25 years of executive leadership experience across several industries has focused on growth and value creation during times of transition. Sandra’s experience includes 9 years with Johnson & Johnson in senior leadership roles across several operating companies in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors. Sandra led strategic growth initiatives and new ventures in emerging markets for the diabetes franchise, and the post acquisition integration of Animas into J&J. Sandra has also held senior leadership roles at Caremark Rx, Unisys and Comdisco where she led numerous efforts launching new lines of service and product businesses during times of strategic business transformation. Sandra’s broad functional and general management experience brings a unique perspective on aligning innovative strategy, operational scalability and high performing human systems that has demonstrated results in business transformation and growth.
Sandra holds a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University with extensive and ongoing graduate work in the areas of strategic leadership and organization development. Sandra is a certified executive coach from The University of Pennsylvania and has served as a guest lecturer on the topic of leadership in times of transition at both undergraduate and graduate level programs. Sandra serves as a Senior Advisor to PTV Healthcare Capital and she devotes significant time to leadership efforts for several philanthropic causes.