Ruef and Associates – Bringing Great Companies and Great People Together


Ruef and Associates is known for filling the hard-to-fill searches.
Our specialty is R&D with a focus in Immuno-oncology, oncology and hematology.

Fortune 500 companies retain Ruef & Associates to find C-Suite & senior
executives who make an immediate and lasting contribution.

Our team has an in-depth understanding of the needs of pharmaceutical, bio-technology, high technology, specialty and emerging growth companies. We are expert at conducting senior level searches that require highly specified backgrounds and experience. Ruef & Associates is widely recognized for rigorous sourcing, networking and professional development of top tier passive candidates who are not actively looking for a new opportunity.

Ruef & Associates maintains a select client list. This means minimal constraints and blockages allowing us to search the widest possible universe of candidates. This in turn facilitates thorough sourcing and coverage of the complete candidate marketplace and enables sourcing, development, and presentation of top tier candidates in the shortest possible time.

Ruef & Associates is focused, hands-on, and relationship based. We are known for developing and nurturing long term client partnerships.


15 years of experience successfully filling C-Suite & senior R&D and commercial roles


Hematology, Immunology and
Oncology specialists


35 years of
industry experience
Deep understanding of
C-Suite & Executive leadership
High degree of repeat business and referrals due to successful placements with discerning clients



Unique, personalized approach to attract top
candidates and to ensure unprecedented client service


Candidates are qualified and motivated


Candidates “fit” the environment


Candidates make an immediate and lasting contribution

From Academia to Industry® is an educational program that provides in-depth information about careers in industry to Hematology and Oncology Fellows at top-tier academic institutions by bringing them into direct contact with MD clinical development leaders from top oncology companies.

The program also facilitates the hiring of top entry level talent; these young MD clinicians and researchers are the leaders of the future and provide all important “bench strength” and back fill important positions. The program has the ancillary benefit of nurturing long term relationships with premiere universities, which often lead to scientific collaborations, such as clinical trial partnerships that fall outside of scientific linkages already in place.



Corporations, professional associations and community groups engage Ruef & Associates to speak to C-Suite & leadership teams, employees and members. Tim Ruef, President of Ruef & Associates, is a dynamic, entertaining, passionate speaker. He has presented to hundreds of audiences large and small on a broad range of topics.



“I have spent a considerable amount of time with Tim Ruef on the telephone. Without question, he is one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with and I have worked with many over a 26 year span. His professionalism and interpersonal warmth made the process much easier than I anticipated. In sum, he is clearly a cut above the other folks that I have encountered in our industry. ”

Newly hired SVP of Sales and Marketing, CA Biotechnology Company

“Tim is relentless about drawing out the very best in each person. I can’t begin to say how much he helped me personally and professionally.”

President, New Jersey Manufacturing Company

“Tim, I thought your seminar was really insightful and I am looking forward to sharing the knowledge I learned about recruiting with my colleagues at our upcoming HR meeting.”

Illinois HR VP

“Hi Tim, I thought your presentation on Orientation at the SHRM conference was one of the best ones I attended – very insightful, very useful. I am currently re-evaluating and revamping our orientation process, and would love to see some of the materials you mentioned in your presentation.  Thanks in advance!”

Mark C, Hospital Administrator, Vermont

“Tim – I enjoyed your presentation at the SHRM conference this week….lots of great info! Could you shoot me over the supplemental materials? Thanks again! ”

Julie, VP Banking, NJ

“Thanks again for the excellent presentation and materials.
Your talk was really great!”

State of Maine Senior Administrator

“Tim is just really good. While very entertaining, Tim has an honest, sincere manner that really comes through.”

MD New Jersey Pharmaceutical Company

“Your firm is the best Executive Search firm I have ever worked with.”

VP R&D NJ Pharmaceutical company

“Your team is really wonderful. Thank you.”

VP R&D NJ Pharmaceutical company
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