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 Selected by Colorado State University to Lead VP of Diversity & Inclusion Search

WittKieffer has been enlisted to find a vice president for diversity and inclusion (VPDI) for Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO. Spearheading the assignment are Charlene Aguilar, consultant; Christine Pendleton, senior associate; and Bree Liddell, associate. “The vice president for diversity and inclusion will join CSU amidst a time of increasing opportunity and transformative

WittKieffer Tapped by Premier Health to Find New CFO

WittKieffer has been retained by Premier Health in Baton Rouge, LA, to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Donna Padilla, managing partner and leader of WittKieffer’s healthcare practice, is spearheading the search along with Jim King, chief quality officer as well as the leader of the board services and children’s hospitals practices,

WittKieffer Teams Up with the National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives 

WittKieffer and NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives) have reached an agreement to partner on mutually beneficial activities through 2021 and beyond. Initially, the two organizations will work together to create content (including written articles, webinars and conference presentations) for the exclusive benefit of NALHE members. “Our partnership with WittKieffer will open up many doors for

The Search is On for Top HR Leaders and Diversity Chiefs as Pandemic Risks Subside

As the pandemic raged last spring, chief human resource leaders stepped up around the nation. Their task: to play a starring role in helping organizations navigate and fight through a challenge that has turned out to be far greater than the one faced during the Great Recession. A recent article in The Economist noted that

Press Releases

National Association of Health Services Executives Announces Lisa Mallory, Ph.D. as Executive Director

Washington, D.C. – May 27, 2021 – The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) – the premier member organization serving and advocating for Black executives in the healthcare industry – today announced the hire of Lisa Maria Mallory, Ph.D., as the organization’s permanent Executive Director (ED). Dr. Mallory’s wealth of private, nonprofit, and public sector leadership experience will

WittKieffer Expands Presence in Asia-Pacific Market with New Additions to Its Singapore Office

Oak Brook, Illinois – April 21, 2021 – Leading global executive search firm WittKieffer today announced it has expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific region by recently adding two new consultants to its Singapore office. Joining the team are Joanne Koo, senior research manager, and Gilbert Khor, engagement manager for Asia. In addition to their executive search expertise, both Koo

National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives and WittKieffer Announce Partnership to Support Leadership Development

Austin, TX, and Oak Brook, IL, April 13, 2021 – NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives) and the executive search firm WittKieffer announce that they have reached an agreement to partner on mutually beneficial activities through 2021 and beyond. NALHE is a national organization led by Latino/Latina executive leaders of U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations and experts

WittKieffer Welcomes Michael Castleman as Chief Growth & Transformation Officer

Oak Brook, Ill. – March 24, 2021 – Today, WittKieffer, leading global executive search firm dedicated exclusively to organizations that improve the quality of life in healthcare, education, the life sciences and the not-for-profit sector, announced Michael Castleman as Chief Growth and Transformation Officer. Castleman is a proven leader of organizational transformation to achieve strategic,

WittKieffer and the International Hospital Federation Partner to Grow the IHF Young Executive Leaders Program

WittKieffer and the International Hospital Federation (IHF) today announced a partnership to advance the organization’s Young Executive Leaders (YEL) program, helping to build global healthcare leadership competencies among the next generation of leaders in the Federation’s international membership. Established in 1929, the International Hospital Federation is a global, not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization and the voice