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Executive Profile

Alexander Petersen

Alexander Petersen

CFA Los Angeles

Alexander is a global medical technology and health service executive. His passion is to accelerate healthcare innovation, and enable more patients to benefit from impactful therapies.

He has experience in North America, Western Europe and Asia, and has led projects across a spectrum of healthcare and consumer segments: medical devices (surgical, eye care), pharmaceuticals (Rx, generics, specialty, biotech), consumer health (supplements, OTC), diagnostics (instruments, laboratories, imaging), services (CRO, CSO, telemedicine), software (SaaS, EMR, big data), agrochemicals and animal health.

Early in his career, Alexander spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, a leading strategy consulting firm, as a core leader of the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical products practice – first in Geneva, Switzerland and later in its healthcare hub in New Jersey. Alexander’s led over 50 consulting projects across North America, Western Europe and Asia.

At IDEXX Laboratories, a publicly traded diagnostic leader, he led the company’s Strategy and M&A team resulting in multiple acquisitions and licensing deals. He then took on the role of Corporate Officer responsible for a portfolio of software, hardware and big data products. He relentlessly turned around the business accelerating growth, and expanding EBITDA. In this role, he built several new ventures.

A decisive entrepreneur, he founded Wagly in 2014, a high growth multi-unit pet service and veterinary group, and secured the private equity financing required to support the company’s growth throughout the West Coast.

Alexander is the CEO and Founder of DanaShift, a consulting firm serving pharmaceuticals and medical products clients. And as an active member of CFA’s healthcare team, he brings a no-nonsense operational view to financing.

Alexander is originally from Denmark and Sweden, and earned his MBA from HEC Lausanne, and a BS in Political Science from University of Lausanne. Alexander is fluent in English, French, Danish and Swedish and has good knowledge of German.