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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.

Witt/Kieffer 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. Our clients have relied on Witt/Kieffer 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.

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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. 

Witt/Kieffer 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 Witt/Kieffer 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.

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  • 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
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  • 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

Witt/ Kieffer Recruits First Chief Diversity Officer for Emory University

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities across the country. It has, in fact, become one of the most important positions for shaping the vision, culture and very face of institutions of higher learning from coast to coast. It is also increasingly becoming a cabinet-level job, with a broad range of responsibilities

Witt/Kieffer Assists Syracuse University in Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Search

With the assistance of recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer, Syracuse University has chosen Keith A. Alford to be the school’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Consultant Charlene Aguilar and associate Christine Pendleton led the assignment for the firm. Nearly 200 candidates expressed interest in the position, but the committee ultimately recommended the person who had been serving in an interim

Transitioning a Search to a Recruiting Firm

It is fairly common for an organization to undertake a leadership recruitment on its own, and later in the process seek the services of an executive search firm. This can happen for many reasons. It may be that the search committee wants to take a fresh approach, to reach out to a broader segment of

Witt/ Kieffer Seeks Provosts for Elon and Central Michigan Universities

Executive recruitment firm Witt/Kieffer has been selected to find provosts for both Elon University and Central Michigan University. Elon University, located in North Carolina, is seeking a provost and vice president for academic affairs. Senior partner Lucy Apthorp Leske and associate Veena Abraham are leading the search for Witt/Kieffer.  As the chief academic officer, the

Press Releases

St. Tammany Parish Hospital names new CEO

COVINGTON, LA, June 22, 2018 – On Friday, the hospital’s Board of Commissioners named Joan Coffman president and CEO of the Covington-based hospital. John Evans, board chairman, said the search committee included local community physician leaders, board members and STPH partner Ochsner Health System. “Among the seven of us, we find (Coffman) to be an accomplished

Witt/Kieffer Expands Global Reach

OAK BROOK, IL, April 20, 2018 – Leading executive search firm Witt/Kieffer announced today its recent acquisition of Witt/Kieffer Ccentric Limited to create Witt/Kieffer International Limited. The agreement reflects the outright purchase of the entity from its joint venture partner, Ccentric Group of Australia, with which it had collaborated since 2015. Serving clients in healthcare, education, and

Linda Oubré Named President of Whittier College

WHITTIER, CA, March 29, 2018 –  Linda Oubré, Ed.D. has been appointed Whittier College’s 15th president and will take office on July 1. Oubré will succeed Sharon D. Herzberger, who will retire on June 30 after 13 years as president. “We are thrilled to welcome Linda to Whittier,” said Jim Brown ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Linda is a dynamic

SA military officers retirement community hires new CEO after lawsuit settled

SAN ANTONIO, TX, March 22, 2018 – The Army Residence Community, a San Antonio-based retirement community for military officers, has hired a new CEO, effective May 15. Steven Fuller is the fourth CEO at the nonprofit organization since its inception three decades ago. Fuller was the longtime CEO of the The Village at Incarnate Word, a senior

IC announces search committee for vice president for Finance

OAK BROOK, IL, January 23, 2018 – Ithaca College announced the members of its search committee for vice president for Finance and Administration on Jan. 4. The committee will begin to work with the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer on Jan. 24. The interim vice president for Finance and Administration at the college, Janet Williams, has held the position since Aug. 1, 2016. She succeeded Gerald Hector,