Michael Kelly

Vice Chair, Global Head of Life Sciences

Michael T. Kelly is the Global Head of Odgers Berndtson’s Life Sciences Practice and Head of the U.S. Healthcare Practice. He specializes in recruiting at the board and C-level, as well as senior-level operations and staff positions ranging from start-up ventures to established Fortune 500 firms.

Mike brings to his clients personal attention and unparalleled access to an international talent base across all major industries at the very highest levels of management and operations. In the past 25 years, he has worked with hundreds of companies and their corporate boards, identifying top executives throughout the world in almost every function and industry.

Previously, Mike was a partner in the Life Sciences Practice with Caldwell Partners. Before then, he served as Vice Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, which he joined following the October 2006 acquisition of TMP/Highland Partners, of which he was Chairman. Prior to joining TMP, Mike was the Global Sector Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences at Korn Ferry International. He began his career at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he was also a Partner in the Life Sciences Practice. Prior to joining the search industry, Mike had a successful career in the Life Sciences industry that included tenure as a Vice President at St. Jude Medical, Inc. and senior-level positions with Recognition Equipment, Inc.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former marine captain, Mike is one of 88 former Marines featured in the book “Above and Beyond: Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World” by Rudy Socha and Carolyn Darrow. He serves on the board of directors for the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University, the Minnesota Veterans Research Institute, and the White Bear Yacht Club.

Mike received his master’s degree from Pepperdine University.

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