About Us

Leadership. Impact.

Quick Leonard Kieffer is composed of CEO Roger Quick and Chairman Michael Kieffer as well as talented managing partners and principals, who are supported by an excellent research and production team. To learn more about the search consultants who can best suite your needs, please visit the individual biographies.

The company was founded in 1999 by a group of experienced executive search consultants, committed to creating a niche firm that focused on quality execution for a select number of clients. It is why our partners chose not to work for larger firms and deliberately created this “right size” firm.

As a privately held firm, our only responsibility is to find the best leaders for you. Publicly traded search firms have different priorities. The stock market demands that they deliver revenue and profit. The result is that many more searches are assigned per consultant, expenses are treated as “profit centers,” and large bureaucracies are created that take away the ability to customize searches for clients. Because of our choice to remain privately held, clients and candidates receive our undivided attention. Our clients, not Wall Street, are our sole priority.

Each year, the firm has realized increased success. In fact, 75 percent of our search assignments come from repeat clients, while 90 percent of our follow-up client surveys rate our work as “superior to other firms they have used in the past.” We attribute this success to the dogged determination, market knowledge and depth of our executive search professionals. Our goal is to serve our clients beyond their immediate recruitment needs. We strive to be their partners for long-term success, based on our ability to build trusting and lasting relationships. We truly view our clients and our candidates as partners in search . . . for exceptional leaders.

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Quick Leonard Kieffer employs a tried and true process, developed over our combined decades of executive recruiting and search experience. Our team engages with premier clients around the country in identifying top-notch talent to complement our clients. We tailor our process to fit our clients’ needs and provide flexibility within a framework. Our one-on-one commitment and proven search strategic process are reasons why QLK leads the country in average length of time to complete a search.

We welcome the opportunity to work with clients in determining a timeline and process that best suits their needs.

Our team works with you to first determine and consequently to understand the skills, experience, personality, values and style necessary for your new leader to succeed.

Solutions And Expertise

Quick Leonard Kieffer is a Chicago-based executive search firm that specializes in the healthcare, academic, and non-profit industries. Founded in 1999, the firm specializes in the placement of executive-level employees.

  • Board Services
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Recruitment Research
  • Succession Planning
  • Board/Governance
  • CEO/President
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Research & Develop.

News Briefings

Quick Leonard Kieffer Seeks Chief Nursing Officer for Silver Cross Hospital

As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reshape itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer has traditionally been the

Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Former IlliniCare Health Plan CEO

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer recently expanded with the addition of longtime

Quick Leonard Kieffer Tapped by CommunityHealth to Find New CEO

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown. Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has recently been enlisted by CommunityHealth in

Quick Leonard Kieffer Lands CEO for National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has recruited Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop as CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, chartered as one of the founding affiliates of the National Kidney Foundation in 1964. The assignment was conducted by Steven M. Derks, president and chief executive officer, along with principal Jennifer Deniz. “Because of the dedication and strength

Press Releases

Michael Marrah, JD, Joins Quick Leonard Kieffer as Managing Partner

CHICAGO, July 8, 2019 — Mike brings a career of outstanding success in creating value for organizations by leveraging his legal, executive, and operational experience. He has demonstrated the ability – in both turnaround and stick-built environments – to put the right people in the right place at the right time to create an actionable purpose

National Executive Search Firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Three Managing Partners

CHICAGO, IL April 3, 2018 – Derek Castaneda, based in Omaha, Nebraska; Mark Nelson, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Stefan Werdegar, based in Austin, Texas. Derek brings 11 years of recruitment experience to his role, most recently serving as the healthcare practice leader for a global executive search firm in Omaha.  His focus has been on the placement of administrators and senior

Executive Search Firm Following its Own Succession Advice

CHICAGO, IL, January. 24, 2018 – Today, the Founders of Quick Leonard Kieffer, one of the country’s leading retained executive search firms specializing in executive and board search for hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, associations and professional societies, life sciences and medical device as well as large non-profits and foundations, announced the appointment of a new

Quick Leonard Kieffer Announces Jake Barto as Partner

CHICAGO, June 29, 2016 — During his time with Quick Leonard Kieffer, Jake has executed numerous senior-level search assignments, assisting healthcare systems recruit chief executive officers as well as operational, financial, and clinical leaders. Jake is skilled at delving deeply into the organizations with which he works in order to gain an understanding of their challenges, opportunities, and

Scott Sammon, Partner, Joins Quick Leonard Kieffer

CHICAGO, March 3, 2016 — Scott began his career in executive search at Quick Leonard Kieffer in 2000. He left the organization for five years, leading the Healthcare practice at another international firm before returning.  Scott’s expertise comes from working with a variety of clients over the past fifteen years, including critical access hospitals, some of the largest