Berne Advisors is a retained executive search firm specializing in the financial services industry. Our process is disciplined, organized and discreet.

Executive Search

Berne Advisors was founded in 2003 at the request of our global and boutique investment banking clients. Marlene Berne brings over 35 years of experience in the financial services sector. The Executive Search business combines her industry experience, substantial executive recruitment expertise and an extensive database of professional relationships.

Marlene’s clients benefit from her proven ability to ideally match professionals to firms, from both a skill and cultural perspective. In partnership with her clients, Marlene personally recruits vetted financial services professionals, including passive and active candidates while relying on an in-depth knowledge of the industry and the firm’s culture. Professional representation creates a positive market perception and presents a career opportunity that attracts and retains the most talented hires.

Berne Advisors, working closely with a team of expert colleagues, conducts a search process that is disciplined, organized and discreet; confidentiality and respect are inherent in our process. Berne Advisors is engaged on a search when “transactional recruiters” or technology-based platforms are not an option because they cannot conduct a strategic, thoughtful, targeted and, when required, confidential hiring process.

Having completed hundreds of search assignments, Berne Advisors has an extensive candidate database and relationships with trusted sources/potential “passive” candidates. This allows us to quickly identify and introduce active as well as passive candidates in C-suite and front office roles that bring the requisite financial skills and fit the firm’s culture.

Hiring the ideal candidate means taking the time to find that needle in a haystack.

Select Completed Searches:

Chief Executive Officer

Healthcare Foundation

Chief Operating Officer

Family Office

Director of Operations

Commercial Real Estate Firm

Head of Human Resources

Global Investment Bank

Treasurer and Senior Accountant

Global Shipping Company

Chief Financial Officer

Retail Portfolio Company


Advertising Agency

Head of Finance

Real Estate Investment Firm