NSGP Senior Team


Richard Nordstrom, CEO

Richard Nordstrom is recognized as an industry thought leader in health-care communications. Richard led McCann Healthcare Worldwide (MHW) as its global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He was also Executive VP and Board member of McCann Worldgroup, an Interpublic Company and served on its Operating Committee. At McCann Healthcare Worldwide, Richard transformed an amalgam of agency acquisitions into one of the largest and most heavily awarded healthcare communications networks in the world. MHW had offices in 33 countries that provided communication services for the top 20 pharmaceutical companies plus more than 100 other clients. Prior to launching NSGP, Richard served as President at Idis Pharma, a Global leader in delivering managed access services.

Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Fairness Initiative (www.globalfairness.org) and Jobs for America’s Graduates (www.jag.org). Both are non-profit organizations that focus on making a measurable difference for the underserved of the world with enduring and sustainable programs that create economic opportunity. He also sits on the advisory board for Axela Government Relations (www.axelallc.com) one of the most successful government relations companies in Washington, D.C.

Richard earned his BA in Physiology with a minor in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University where he also did post-graduate research in biological science.

Ken Kahtava, EVP, Strategic Officer

Disruptive business models and technologies have defined Ken's professional career. Today, his passion for innovation and diverse entrepreneurial experience drives his leadership and work at NorthStream Global Partners.

Throughout his 25 year career, as a Public Relations Specialist in the U.S. Air Force, as a VP of Business Development for Hallmark Cards, as founder of NLM Marketing (an online marketing technology company that served some giants in the early days of the Internet) or as as a senior executive for a global non-profit disease advocacy organization, Ken has always leveraged pioneering technologies and new business models to overcome emerging business challenges.

In 2010, Ken helped architect a crowdsourcing new business model that facilitates pragmatic collaboration between all stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem, from patients to caregivers, healthcare professionals to pharmaceutical companies, scientists to public and private health stakeholders, focused on overcoming the many barriers to prevention and wellness. Called HealthSourcing, the crowdsourcing platform employed a multi-faceted approach to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement in the prevention of chronic disease and accelerate results to all stakeholders. Inspired by the urgent needs of people suffering from many rare and underserved diseases, Ken launched a consulting business in 2010, with a mission to bring life-changing therapies to patients by helping life sciences clients harness the what he beleives to be the four disruptive forces in the industry - big data, emerging technologies, radical collaboration and innovative business modeling.

In 2012, Ken and Richard Nordstrom merged their respective companies to form NorthStream Global Partners to leverage their collective experience and bring innnovative solutions to the contemporary hurdles facing today's life sciences and healthcare industries.

Shayne Mackey, Creative Officer

Shayne is a hands-on brand strategy consultant with 20 years of experience in design, marketing and advertising, Shayne has launched eight major pharmaceutical products and built seven teams in corporate, agency and consulting environments on both U.S. coasts. She emphasizes the value of integrating account management, creative and project coordination. While her work has involved a range of products and industries, Shayne's first love is health care because of her passion for the pursuit of quality patient care. She spent nearly eight years working with Millennium Pharmaceuticals where Shayne founded an internal creative services department, handling at least 50 print, web, multimedia, and video projects simultaneously, and replacing two outside agencies. Shayne's agency affiliations have included Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare, Fenix Design, VoxMedica, and Feinstein Kean Healthcare (Ogilvy PRWorldwide). Shayne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and completed Harvard Business School's prestigious executive program in marketing and design management.

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