About Us

Surf Search is an executive recruiting agency placing top talent in many industries, including: pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech on a global basis.

With over 35 years of combined experience in executive recruiting, our clients come to us to fill a wide range of key positions from high-level leadership positions to the staff level.   We are successful because we are well known for our strategic recruitment process, and take time to understand not only our clients and their businesses, but our candidates as well.   Our executive recruiters take a holistic approach with our candidates, working with them throughout the recruiting process from screening, interview prep, offer negotiation through relocation and new job on-boarding.  Our history has been to work with only a handful of clients at a time to fill key positions. We are thorough and — we love what we do.

Debbie Winkelbauer / Executive Recruiter
Debbie Winkelbauer / Executive Recruiter

Debbie has over 25 years experience as an executive recruiter focusing on healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer product industries. She has been successful placing candidates in key positions from high-level leadership down to the staff level.

After spending 4 years in the Department of Medical Genetics at UCSD School of Medicine doing clinical research, Debbie moved into a pharmaceutical sales position with Berlex Laboratories in Seattle, WA. During her time with Berlex, Debbie developed a territory that was ranked 3rd in the nation. A move back to Southern California in 1993 launched Debbie into the executive recruiting business.  Debbie’s scientific background and industry experience has contributed to her success as a top producer, recruiting for the life sciences and consumer healthcare industries.

Debbie earned a BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Jan Hudson / Executive Recruiter
Jan Hudson / Executive Recruiter

Jan has over 10 years as an executive recruiter in the healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech and consumer product industries. She has been successful placing candidates in key positions from high-level leadership down to the staff level.

Jan came to recruiting in 2005 from a successful career in television news. As the medical producer at the NBC affiliate in San Diego, she was awarded several Emmy Awards for producing stories and programs in cutting edge medical breakthroughs, including medical genetics, AIDS and cancer research.

Jan earned her BA in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Research Team

And it’s not just our front line recruiters supporting this effort.  We couldn’t do it without our awesome, behind-the-scenes research team, who work hard to source and identify candidates for those most hard to fill jobs.