Mike Palladino

Mike Palladino

Mike has more than 25 years of progressive experience in scaling and enhancing high-performing organizations and work cultures ranging in size from start-ups to global Fortune 500 companies. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at BlueRock Therapeutics and Senior Vice President & Head of Global Human Resources as well as Vice President of Global Litigation and Enterprise Risk Management at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Mike also has deep background in private employment law and human resources consulting practices, advising companies on executive and broad-based compensation, leadership effectiveness, operational design and implementation, culture establishment, business integration and change management.

Mike received his JD cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and his BA in Political Science from Yale University.

Select Achievements

  • Rapidly scaled all G&A and Operations functions following BlueRock’s merger with Bayer AG as the company grew from early research discovery to clinical stage
  • Led all People functions during global expansion of a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, overseeing talent acquisition, management and development, performance management, executive compensation, employee benefits, HRIS, employee relations and diversity
  • Advised emerging/growing companies, non-profits, small businesses and senior executives on HR strategy and operations and employment law matters in industries including life sciences, healthcare, high tech and financial services


Executive leadership
Talent acquisition and development
Total rewards and compensation strategy
Organizational design and development
Culture establishment and transformation
Workforce planning
Employment law