Cejka Search Expands Leadership Team

May 14, 2020 – Cejka Search has expanded with the addition of John Elffers as vice president of executive search services. In this role, he will be responsible for initiating and growing client and industry relationships, and support the firm in expanding reach and creating new opportunities.

“We are extremely happy to welcome John to our team,” said Paul Esselman, president and managing director of Cejka Search. “His record of success in the industry, and his extensive experience in talent engagement and client services, make him a vital asset both to our firm and to our clients.”


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Mr. Elffers brings more than 25 years of experience in helping client partners meet or exceed their talent acquisition goals. He was previously regional vice president of Cross Country Search, and has also held roles as vice president of development and vice president of operations in the healthcare market. “His thorough understanding of clients’ goals, needs and challenges have made him a trusted advisor in the industry,” Cejka said.

Healthcare Recruiters

Cejka Search, based in St. Louis, has provided recruiting services exclusively to the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. Its client roster includes Georgetown University Hospital, Northwestern Memorial, Levine Cancer Institute, St. John Providence Health System, Tenet, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Centene Corp., Cape Fear Valley Health and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The firm has conducted searches for an array of roles, including chief medical information officer, chief compliance officer, chief of oncology, chief medical officer, chief of pediatrics, chief of neurology, chief nursing officer, CEO, CFO, COO, department chair, chief clinical officer, medical director and chief strategy officer. Cejka Search now ranks among the top five largest health care executive search firms in the country, according to Modern Healthcare.


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Paul Esselman was named as Cejka Search’s president last year. He  has years of results-oriented leadership experience within healthcare, helping board members and senior executives define and secure the leadership talent organizations they need. As managing director, Mr. Esselman provides strategic oversight and operational direction for the Cejka Executive Search team and is involved in nurturing the firm’s long-term client and talent relationships. He provides client consultation for senior-level executive search engagements, with a focus on C-suite positions and assisting with organization development and succession planning strategies.

“Paul is truly one of the most impressive retained search executives I have ever met,” said Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Cross Country Healthcare. “As a nationwide leader, he is very well known and respected among healthcare executives in North America, and I’m excited to have him lead Cejka Executive Search.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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