Tod McDonald is an accomplished HR and organization development professional with a background in medical device and pharmaceutical clinical research, including high-demand start-ups.  Equally passionate about advancing life sciences and organizational health, Tod has demonstrated effectiveness in planning and executing growth strategies, successfully meeting a wide variety of business challenges.  He has a drive to connect HR initiatives with corporate goals, and understands the unique regulatory, commercial, talent acquisition and management complexities facing leading-edge companies in highly competitive markets.  Tod is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He also has a MA in Practical Theology from Regent University.

J. Tod McDonald, SPHR


Tod’s knowledege in the field, work ethics, and strategic mindset will be an asset to any institution that chooses to have his expertise....see more+

- Alex DeWindt, MD
Medical Director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

experience and accomplishments

  • Researched and facilitated the preparation of the venture’s business plan
  • Provided strategic counsel in the transition to a new executive team (CEO, President, CFO and VP Sales)
  • Led the HR diligence and integration effort for an acquisition
  • Staffed a new, 600-employee facility within 6 months of acquiring building occupancy
  • Established the Company’s first HR function
  • Managed the area’s only on-site daycare facility
  • Managed the HR function for the start-up CRO with over two years of 0% turnover in the core CRO role
  • Managed the HR and regulatory affairs functions for the niche CRO
  • Led the HR integration effort for a manufacturing acquisition
  • Facilitated the retraining of the workforce to produce metal fabricated parts for telecommunications switchgear
  • Designed training programs to meet ISO standards for the Company’s first and successful qualification attempt


Tod is a rock solid Human Resources Professional. Tod has proven that he can handle the most difficult situations with complete candor while maintaining a sense of dignity, grace and sensitivity. Tod is the kind of person that you want on your management team.....and I would add him to mine again without hesitation.

- Michael Luetkemeyer, founding CFO, TranS1

Tod is a passionate believer in innovation and evangelist for the corporate mission and culture. He is a visionary HR leader who takes on a high level of accountability for driving business results by getting the right people on board. Tod can rouse the entire company through his story-telling ability but is also an empathetic listener and valued counselor in 1-on-1 settings. Tod's ethics and integrity are of the highest caliber - you want him backing you up professionally and personally. see more+

- Matt Pickens, VP, Marketing & Reimbursement Baxano Surgical

I have had the pleasure of working with Tod as a client for several years and throughout that time, I have been impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication to everything he does. He is passionate about people and passionate about building organizations focused on finding and developing great talent. He is a subject matter expert in all things HR related and as part of a leadership team, is especially strong as a strategic partner, providing sound advice and counsel on all things related to people and the business. As a client, I truly value his partnership.

- Linda Moorman, Senior Practice Consultant, Talent Management and Organizational Development, Gallup Organization

While at PrimActa, Tod took the lead on structuring and writing our business plan and strategically executing the new business development activities to launch the company. His focus on customer satisfaction, professionalism and perseverance are valuable assets for any team he leads and serves, especially in a fast-paced, highly regulated, technical and competitive environment.

- Elizabeth Bonomo, Ph.D., Co-Foundder, Primacta Clinical Research

I worked with Tod for over 5 years at TranS1/Baxano Surgical and was continually impressed with his commitment, professionalism, and keen insights. His is driven to improve organizational excellence and measures his success with clear, quantifiable metrics. Tod is a compassionate, trustworthy person who handles even the most difficult situations with aplomb. His talents and experience are ideally suited to emerging companies wanting to take their HR department to the next level.

- Rick Feiler, VP of Marketing & Professional Education

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tod McDonald for over two years now and have witnessed first-hand his expertise and professionalism in dealing with complicated human resource matters. As an advisor to his company’s 401(k) plan, I worked closely with Tod through a public company merger and the subsequent merger of the two 401(k) plans with combined assets of over $7MM. We worked together to ensure compliance and minimal impact to affected employees. I further attended a staff phase-out meeting where Tod navigated the sensitive nature of employee layoffs with impressive grace and attention to their needs. It was obvious that the employees trusted Tod and knew he was looking out for their well-being. Tod consistently goes above and beyond for his staff, co-workers, shareholders, and business partners.

- Melissa Phillippi, CFP, Performance Culture Coach at Cornerstone Business Advisors

Tod McDonald was my first introduction to the the Civilian world of Human Resources after my active duty career in the Army. That being said, any other head of HR department I work with in the future will have some big shoes to fill. Not only was he open to thinking "outside of the box" when recruiting sales talent, he was genuinely passionate, kind, patient, loyal, and informative. Tod was instumental in my personal career success as well as that of all of my team members while working at Baxano Surgical, and I am forever grateful. Any person who gets the chance to work for Tod is one lucky employee.

- Lacey Johnson, Regional Director, Behavioral Health Group

Tod’s knowledege in the field, work ethics, and strategic mindset will be an asset to any institution that chooses to have his expertise....see more+

- Alex DeWindt, MD, Medical Director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals