Korn Ferry
Berit Bretthauer

Berit Bretthauer

Senior Client Partner


Ms. Bretthauer focuses on senior-level placements in the life sciences space, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices/diagnostic sectors. Apart from searches done locally in Germany, her reach expands throughout Europe and internationally.

Ms. Bretthauer has more than a 15 years of professional experience in organizational and leadership development, executive recruitment, benchmarking and assessment. Over the last several years, she has followed her passion for innovation in the industry and worked on senior assignments in critical business functions, such as research, development and strategic marketing.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Bretthauer served as a partner with another global executive search firm.

Ms. Bretthauer has received deep training in systemic-interactive coaching. Additionally, she participated in management training programs at the University of St. Gallen, Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics.

Ms. Bretthauer earned a doctor of philosophy degree from the Freie Universität Berlin and served as assistant professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin. She also received a master of arts degree from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Ms. Bretthauer is currently serving as an associate faculty member lecturing on Human Capital Management at the Hochschule Ludwigshafen.

She is fluent in English and German, and has some knowledge of Russian and French.