What we do

We deliver a professional and expeditious service with a personable approach to place C-suite, Executive and Leadership positions. Through open communication, transparency and tenacity, we promise unwavering commitment to fulfilling even the most demanding of briefs. Improving the livelihoods of those we work with and finding people their dream job is very important to us.

How we do it

Our team embodies the philosophy of the ‘Division of Labour’, whereby each member takes ownership and specialises in their respective area of responsibility. We have adopted the Japanese concepts of Kaizen (continuous improvement) and Kyōsei (symbiosis) to deliver an exceptional, efficient and memorable experience. While each assignment is unique, our approach remains consistent in the level of focus, resolve and attention to detail we commit to ensure we deliver.

Intercept CASE Study
EMEA Executive Leadership Team Build

Skills Alliance Executive was retained by a fast-growing Biotechnology company to assemble a multi-disciplinary leadership team of therapeutic experts that would be tasked with launching the organisations first in class, rare disease product into the European market. This project was completed on-time, with 52 Skills Alliance supported hires made within a 12-month period, ahead of a successful product launch.

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Management Team

Oliver Drew

Executive Search Delivery

Oliver has over 7 years’ executive search experience in Europe, North America, APAC and LATAM. After joining Skills Alliance in 2016, he led our Market Access & HEOR division before progressing to build and manage our global Executive Search delivery team, leading senior appointments and project work across all functions and geographies.

Karina Sharipova


After moving to London from Canada, Karina joined the Executive Search division over 3 years ago. Since joining as a researcher, she progressed to leading the executive research function and is now our Principal Consultant on the Executive Delivery team. She has successfully completed searches for preclinical, clinical and commercial-stage clients across all functions and geographies.

Joe Kennedy

Senior Client Partner

Joe is a seasoned executive search leader with over 12 years experience, executing on complex searches across a range of functions globally, from director level to c-suite. Joe now leads our client function globally for executive search. He is responsible for setting and executing our strategy, building relationships and ensuring client satisfaction.

Michael Kan

Client Partner EMEA

Possessing over 10 years of successful international recruitment specifically within the biotechnology, pharma and medical technology sector. Mike has nurtured relationships with industry clients across the globe placing many key roles within clinical development, medical affairs, regulatory and commercial. Mike’s focus is to extend the Executive Search proposition at Skills Alliance focusing on start-up organisations through to SME and large biotech / pharma companies globally.