Boston, October 10, 2018 – Perspective today announced that it has welcomed two new Partners to the firm. Kara Coluccio Bern and Mike Palladino will join Perspective’s existing Partners Tom Carey, Noël Auguston, and Marshall Crane.

Based in Boston’s Seaport District, Perspective provides human capital advisory, talent acquisition, and organizational effectiveness support to healthcare companies working at the leading edge of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare technology, and diagnostics. Sitting at the intersection of healthcare and human capital, Perspective is purposefully broad in both the capabilities it offers and the market segments it serves. This wide lens grants the firm a distinctive ability to serve healthcare clients that are rapidly evolving to address an increasingly interconnected and interdependent industry.

“Consistent with our effort to expand the services we provide across the healthcare continuum, we’re very excited to welcome Kara and Mike,” shared Perspective’s CEO Tom Carey. “With Kara joining Perspective, we now offer expertise across every function in our industry. Widely recognized for her expertise in the recruitment of R&D leaders, Kara has partnered with countless CEOs, Boards, and R&D executives alike in successfully attracting and evaluating this unique and rarefied talent pool. Mike fills another strategic objective of the firm—to expand the advisory capabilities Perspective can offer its clients. He brings a deep and nuanced understanding of the inner workings of the Human Resources, Legal, and other life sciences functions, which we believe will prove tremendously valuable to small and emerging companies looking for expanded strategic insight.”

“I’ve chosen to join Perspective because of its unique position to partner and advise clients through long-standing, holistic relationships,” Kara said of her decision to join the firm. Mike expressed similar sentiments: “Perspective represents a distinctive, integrated approach that mirrors the evolving healthcare market. As opposed to one-off projects, we partner with our clients to develop and execute effective strategies that inform and address critical human capital needs.”

 Perspective is excited to welcome them both and looks forward to the immediate and lasting impact they will bring to Perspective’s ability to best serve its clients.


About Kara Coluccio Bern

Kara Coluccio Bern joined Perspective as a Partner in 2018. She leads the firm’s biopharma R&D practice. Prior to Perspective, Kara founded and led Ivy Advisors, LLC for five years as a boutique, retained executive search firm recruiting executives across the research and development continuum for companies at all stages along the R&D spectrum. Prior to Ivy Advisors, Kara spent nine years in life sciences executive search with Russell Reynolds Associates and Catalyst Advisors, specializing in R&D executive and Board searches. Kara takes a science-centric approach to recruiting, providing clients and candidates current and historical industry context for matching rarified talent with highly specific roles.

Prior to her search career, Kara worked in healthcare public relations with Porter Novelli, supporting accounts for Amgen/Wyeth and Merck/Schering Plough joint-ventures. Prior to that, Kara was with the Washington, D.C.-based health policy think tank AcademyHealth, managing a multi-million-dollar grant portfolio and developing policy seminars for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kara’s additional experience includes work with PhRMA’s International Affairs division, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Ethics Advisory Board, Tufts Health Plan’s Government Affairs division and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Marketing and Planning Department.

Kara received her B.A., cum laude, in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.E., Master’s in Bioethics, from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.


About Mike Palladino

Mike Palladino joined Perspective as a Partner in 2018. At Perspective, he specializes in advising life sciences and healthcare organizations on human capital strategies and organizational effectiveness. Mike has over 20 years of progressive experience in guiding, leading, and developing high-performing global human resources, legal, and other organizations. He spent eight years at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, where he built and led the employment law and litigation functions, and then served as Senior Vice President & Head of Global Human Resources. In his capacity leading Human Resources at Vertex, Mike oversaw all global aspects of talent acquisition, retention, performance management, diversity, compensation, benefits, HR information systems, leadership, talent development, and employee relations related to an international workforce of over 2,300 employees in 19 countries.

In addition to his in-house counsel experience, Mike has over 10 years of experience as an employment and labor attorney in private law practice. He provided counseling, representation in litigation and training to Fortune 500 companies, senior executives, emerging/growing companies, non-profits, small businesses, and human resources departments ranging in size from single-person to large and complex. Previously, he designed and delivered training and organizational development solutions to state and federal agencies at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.

Mike earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a J.D. cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.


About Perspective

At Perspective, we believe that the best vehicle for the continued evolution of healthcare is people. The right leaders and teams have the power to transform the way we approach health and serve patients. As talent advisors sitting at the intersection of healthcare and human capital, we are in the business of improving healthcare by solving the industry’s toughest leadership challenges. It is our primary goal, and this deeply rooted purpose informs all our decisions.

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