Testimonials

“We have retained the services of Carl Berke for the selection of our CEO recently appointed and confirmed by the entire Board. We have found Carl, Susan and their organization very professional through the entire process. They presented us with a great number of potential candidates with excellent backup information for each candidate. More important we had several excellent candidates and several had all the pre requisites to become excellent CEO. We are extremely pleased with our final decision thanks to Berke Executive Search.”

Pierre Lapalme
Board Member Insys, Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Rhône-Poulenc Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and former Chairman of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of dealing with Carl as both a candidate and a customer. As a candidate, Carl was able to utilize his vast network to identify me as a potential fit for a C Suite position as I had not met Carl prior him reaching out. Having worked with several Executive Recruiting firms throughout my career, my experience with Carl was extremely positive. Carl kept me well informed and provided invaluable insight into the process and personalities I was dealing with. My experience with Carl on the other side of the table was equally as positive. Carl goes out of his way to understand the organization, our specific needs, our culture and what candidates best fit within those parameters. I have enjoyed working with Carl and always appreciate and value his insight.”

Walt Kaczmarek
Chief Operating Officer, Aceto Corporation

“I have worked extensively with Carl Berke and his team of professionals over the past fifteen years with three separate companies. Together, we have developed outstanding teams. Carl, Susan and the team provide candidates that have the capability of meeting the position goals. More importantly, however, Carl and Susan act as partners and are very insightful in recommending candidates that can grow within the organization and would be successful within the unique culture of a particular organization. Time and time again, I turn to them to help me build a winning team. The Berke team has always been, and continues to be, the first resource I contact as I build departments across all functional areas. I rely on Carl, Susan and their team of support frequently and they rarely disappoint.”

Scott Tarriff
President & CEO, Eagle Pharmaceuticals

“Carl Berke and his team of support have the unique and focused ability to match a company’s needs with the right executives who possess the talent to take a targeted organization to the next level. The Berke team has relationships in the life sciences sector that enable him to locate and acquire highly qualified candidates who are not only “cultural fits” but are professionals that are also performers with real track records. Their vast experience coupled with the firm’s success in placing high achieving performers with the right company gives Berke Executive Search the competitive edge that is very rarely seen. Their most valuable quality that embraces everything already mentioned is their unsurpassed integrity. The team is always honest and genuine. In today’s world, dealing with  recruiters like the Berke team is most refreshing.”

Tammy McIntyre
President of GAVIS Pharmaceuticals, Novel Laboratories, former CEO of Apotex USA

“Carl, Susan and the Berke Executive Search Team helped to locate my current position at Mayne Pharma as VP of Generic Product Sales. They have helped Mayne with numerous executive position placements and provide invaluable contacts and access to key pharma talent. Carl and Susan are responsive and professional and make working with them easy. I know we will continue to use Berke for our executive recruitment needs.”

Beth Hamilton
Vice President Generic Product Sales

“I have had the opportunity to work with Carl Berke and his team of support over the past several years for key professional positions within the generic pharmaceutical industry. Our relationship involved my recruitment to my current position as well as several key functional roles I have filled for Aurobindo USA. The Berke team is professional, courteous, and very timely with their follow-up and feedback. They are also thoughtful in the process of professional searches, taking time to thoroughly understand the position requirements, company culture, and employee interactions, then utilizing this information in the context of their vast professional network to produce the best personal and technical fit. Carl and his team are also unique in their capacity to serve a broad technical base, including senior executives, research, and manufacturing professionals.”

Bob Cunard
CEO, Aurobindo USA

“Carl has been of value to OrbiMed in a number of projects and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Carl Gordon
General Partner Orbimed

“I have found Carl Berke to have solid industry knowledge coupled with a strong network of talent. In this way, he is able to consistently deliver to our business.”

Steve Lichter

“We engaged Carl Berke back in early 2016 to begin a search for our new Chief Operating Officer. We met with several search firms as part of our due diligence including many of the big, more well-known firms but when compared against Carl, they paled in comparison. Carl has an extensive generic pharma network and we were impressed with his knowledge; he has a finger on the pulse of this dynamic industry.  In short time, Carl provided us a well-vetted list of candidates and we were well on our way to fill this critical role. Throughout the process, Carl and his team were extremely engaged and responsive and also very fluid with changing needs and demands.

It was a pleasure to work with Carl and he is now at the top of our list for our senior level recruiting needs!”

Charles J. Alaimo
Senior Vice President, Human Resources Aceto Corporation

“Berke Executive Search provides the level of personalized and customized retained executive search services, at a very competitive fee, unavailable from most large search firms. Utilizing their extensive network and knowledge within the specialty pharmaceutical industry, they have successfully placed numerous positions within Insys Therapeutics, Inc.: from our President and CEO, external members of our board of directors, and several highly skilled technical positions. Berke Executive Search continues to be one of Insys Therapeutics, Inc’s. preferred search firms.”

Anonymous VP HR
Vice President, Human Resources – Emerging Growth Pharmaceuticals

“Berke Search is a great business partner. Carl, Susan and the team not only understand the pharma space but take the time to get to know your business and how the role you are seeking to fill fits into delivering against your objectives. They challenge your thought process and open you up to candidates that might not have otherwise been on your list for consideration. Carl and Susan deliver against their commitments in terms of high quality and timeliness. It is a pleasure to work with the Berke Search team as they have been able to fill several key C-suite roles for our company.”

Anonymous CHRO
CHRO – Publicly Traded Pharma Company

“I have partnered with Carl and Susan both as a candidate and as a hiring leader for the past 3+ years and I must say that every time I am impressed by their exceptional research and thorough understanding of the needs of the client and their ability to match the right candidates.  Carl and Susan have built an impressive network in the industry; coupling that with their relentless pursuit to meet your requirements while understanding the organizational design and strategy of your firm has definitely resulted in helping build strong teams.”

Jaspreet Gill
EVP, Global Quality Compliance

“I have known Carl for ten years. We have collaborated on recruiting a number of director and VP level positions in Business Development, R&D, and Operations. His work ethic, focus, depth of industry knowledge, and extensive professional network enable talent acquisitions to be completed quickly. Carl and his team have an encyclopedic knowledge of the best and brightest leaders in the global pharmaceutical industry, especially generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies. The team at Berke always delivers results. They work tirelessly to find the right person for the job constantly looking for the best match among a number of factors like company culture, personality preferences, track record of results, leadership style, growth, and career aspirations. I have recommended his team to many colleagues. Carl is the consummate professional in every sense of the word. I trust him to help me build my leadership teams.”

Kurt Nielsen, PhD
President of Lupin

“During 2015 I was contacted by Susan of Berke Executive Search about a finance leadership opportunity at a specialty pharmaceutical company in the Chicago area. Berke has an excellent reputation in the industry so I returned the call to explore the opportunity. I found Susan and Carl to be extremely professional and knowledgeable about the company and the healthcare industry. They were very attentive to ensure that there was a good match up on both sides and then helped to guide me through the process. I would highly recommend Berke Executive Search if you are looking to recruit great talent in the life sciences space, as they have a hands on approach and access to the key players.”

Randy Pollard
Senior Vice President Finance & CAO, Akorn Pharmaceuticals

“I have used Carl Berke’s team on a number of high-level executive placements with great success. The Berke team members are the ultimate professionals and will leave no stone unturned in their quest to fill a position. The team spends a significant amount of upfront time in obtaining a detailed understanding of the position’s requirements including the “soft” data that is sometimes overlooked by other recruiters. Berke Executive Search firm is the right size to allow for the devoted attention to a search. The team’s contacts in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries are far-reaching and deep so that they are able to identify potential candidates quickly. I have known Carl for over forty years and highly recommend him.”

Ray Land
Board Member, Anika Therapeutics, BioAmber Inc, Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, former SVP and & CFO at Clarient, Inc.

“We have worked with Carl Berke and his team for over ten years across multiple searches and many placements of vice presidents and directors in the pharmaceutical industry. Their reach is extensive. I think that one of the strongest attributes, as a recruiter, is that Carl and his team strive to learn our positional needs, corporate culture, and the people who will work with the individual who we seek, and then they are careful to try to send résumés to us of people who should fit well within our structure. The Berke team follows up after our interviews, not to push a candidate on us, but to understand why a candidate was not right for us to further fine tune, or target, the next candidates that they send to us. I have found the Berke team to have the utmost integrity. We continue to work with Carl Berke and his support because they deliver quality and they do the up-front work to not waste our time.”

Richard Roberts
Former CEO, URL Pharma, Inc.

“In the life sciences industry, where change is the only constant, Carl Berke is a beacon and trusted advisor to investors and management in assembling quality teams that drive growth. The Berke team understands the tangible and, most importantly, also the intangible needs and they dig deeper to find the right solution for you.”

Ton Bunt
CEO, Izumi Biosciences

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