Bedford has more than 30 years of global industry experience as both an executive and consultant. His areas of expertise include service development, operations, IT, regulatory, and quality processes.
West Monroe Partners, a North American business and technology consulting firm, today announced that Jim Bedford has joined the firm as a director in the firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice in Chicago.
Bedford joined West Monroe Partners from Regulatory Compliance Associates, Inc., a Life Science regulatory, quality, and operations consulting firm, where he was vice president and practice leader. His responsibilities included growing the firm’s M&A practice and leading numerous, operations, due-diligence and post-transaction integration projects.
“Jim Bedford is an innovative problem-solver with a strong track record for helping companies develop winning solutions to complex problems and for optimizing strategic, operational, marketing, and M&A potential,” said Kevin McCarty, managing director and leader of West Monroe Partners’ Chicago office. “As transformation of this industry accelerates, companies must be prepared to act with speed and confidence. Jim’s experience is a tremendous asset to our clients who are facing a regulatory and competitive environment of unprecedented change.”
Before joining Regulatory Compliance Associates, Bedford’s roles included senior manager in BearingPoint’s Life Science commercial business segment and president of Metreck Corporation, a provider of software solutions and business development consulting services to the healthcare industry. Previously, he held a number of executive, operations, and quality assurance roles for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and for its prescription benefit management, and home infusion services spinoff, Caremark International.
Bedford earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Purdue University, where he currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a nationally recognized speaker on FDA compliance and M&A topics, a frequent university lecturer, and has been recently published in recognized Life Science journals.
“In its 10 years, West Monroe Partners has developed distinctive capabilities in the healthcare and life sciences sector and an outstanding reputation for innovation and promoting successful enterprise transformation,” said Bedford. “I look forward to the opportunity to help build on these strengths.”
About West Monroe Partners
West Monroe Partners is a North American, full-service business and technology consulting firm focused on guiding organizations through projects that fundamentally transform their business. With the experience to create the most ambitious visions as well as the skills to implement the smallest details of our client’s most critical projects, West Monroe Partners is a proven provider of growth and efficiency to large enterprises, as well as more nimble middle-market organizations. Our more than 300 consulting professionals drive better business results by harnessing our collective experience across a range of industries, serving clients out of offices across the US and Canada.