About Us

WittKieffer is a global executive search firm dedicated exclusively to organizations that improve quality of life in healthcare, education, the life sciences and the not-for-profit sector. Our industry-specialized consultants deliver solutions across the leadership continuum – experienced, emerging and interim – that build long-term partnerships and successful outcomes.

The firm understands leadership, people who lead and the impact they have on organizations and society. Our clients include leading hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and medical schools, physician group practices, managed care organizations and insurers, pharmaceutical and biotech firms, colleges and universities and community service and cultural organizations.

We are one global firm that works collaboratively together. WittKieffer’s more than 50 years of excellence and innovation in executive search ensure that our clients receive exceptional service, a customized approach to each assignment and high-quality outcomes. We share our clients’ values and proudly help them to make the best choices for their organizations. We also believe that diversity and inclusion are sources of leadership strength, and we proudly foster diversity on our team and for our clients. Visit wittkieffer.com to learn about how we are leading the way forward.

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We’re always learning from our clients when we conduct executive searches — about what it takes to lead organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Goals like making high-quality, cost-conscious healthcare widely available to individuals and families, advancing higher education, and life sciences companies achieving medical innovation require stewardship, highly-specialized knowledge and broad experience.

WittKieffer recruits great CEOs, CFOs, COOs, physician leaders, presidents, and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations. Our clients have relied on WittKieffer for more than 45 years to help recruit leaders with the best mix of skills, experience, vision and character to fulfill their missions. For them and for us, executive search is about much more than filling a chair —  It’s about bringing great leadership to your organization.

Solutions And Expertise

WittKieffer recruits great CEOs and other executives for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and other health-related organizations; life sciences companies including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics and medical device corporations; colleges and universities and not-for-profit community service organizations and foundations.

Solutions
  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning
Industries
Functions
  • Board/Governance
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Data/Analytics
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Information/Digital
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Medical/Clinical
  • Research & Develop.
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

WittKieffer Launches Leadership Advisory Practice

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has added Susan M. Snyder to launch the firm’s leadership advisory practice. “For more than 50 years, WittKieffer has built a reputation as a trusted partner in executive talent acquisition, serving organizations operating exclusively at the intersection of healthcare delivery, science, and education—the ‘quality of life’ ecosystem,” said Andrew Chastain, president and CEO of WittKieffer.

WittKieffer Seeks VP of People and Workplace Culture for Colorado College

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has been enlisted to find the inaugural vice president of people and workplace culture for Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Consultants Sarah Miller and Melissa Fincher led the assignment. “This is a phenomenal opportunity for a forward-thinking leader who brings passion for organizational culture, advancing the role of the workforce in the success of

WittKieffer Names Commercial Healthcare Practice Leader; Expands Team

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has expanded its healthcare consulting team, hiring a range of recruiting professionals. Among them: Shelly Carolan, Toni Davis,Crystal Hendriks, Terri Houchen, Lisa Lewis, Stephanie Odorisio Arriviello, and Angela Raphael. Ms. Carolan was recently named leader of WittKieffer’s commercial healthcare practice and has expertise across the for-profit healthcare and life sciences industries. Previously, she was sector leader for

WittKieffer Recruits VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Syracuse University

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has placed Mary Grace A. Almandrez as the new vice president for diversity and inclusion at Syracuse University. Leading the assignment were consultant Christine J. Pendleton, senior associate Sandra Chu, and senior partner Robin Mamlet. She was selected following a national search that yielded a diverse and highly qualified pool of candidates. “Mary Grace’s

Press Releases

WittKieffer Announces Launch of Leadership Advisory Practice – Firm Welcomes Susan M. Snyder to Lead Practice

Oak Brook, Ill. – June 29, 2022 – WittKieffer, a leading global executive search and advisory firm, announced today the hiring of Susan M. Snyder, a recognized executive and team development consultant, to launch the firm’s Leadership Advisory Practice. “For more than 50 years, WittKieffer has built a reputation as a trusted partner in executive

WittKieffer Life Sciences Practice Expands Global Capabilities Firm Adds 3 Consultants in Continued Support of Quality of Life Ecosystem

Oak Brook, Ill. – June 8, 2022 – WittKieffer, a leading global executive search and advisory firm dedicated to improving quality of life through impactful leadership, today announced the expansion of its global Life Sciences Practice with the addition of three experienced consultants. WittKieffer is pleased to welcome Susan Oliver and Luigi Frezza, who join

National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives and WittKieffer Expand Collaborative Partnership

Austin, TX, and Oak Brook, IL, February 3, 2022 – NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives) and the executive search firm WittKieffer today announce that they have expanded their working collaboration through 2022 and beyond. NALHE is a national organization led by Latino/Latina executive leaders of U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations and experts in

WittKieffer Welcomes Stephen Brengle to Its Global Life Sciences Practice

Oak Brook, Ill. – Sept. 29, 2021 – WittKieffer, a leading global executive search firm dedicated exclusively to organizations that improve the quality of life in the life sciences, healthcare, education, and the not-for-profit sector, today announced Stephen Brengle as Managing Director, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, North America in its global Life Sciences Practice. Based in

National Association of Health Services Executives Announces New Board Chair and Chair-Elect

Washington, D.C. – September 8, 2021 – The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – the premier non-profit association serving and advocating for Black executives in the health care industry – today announced Deborah Lee-Eddie, LFACHE, CPC, as its new Board Chair and Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr., MBA, MS, as Chair-Elect. Deborah and Herbert will