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.

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News Briefings

WittKieffer to Offer Bias Training as Part of Assessment Tools Package

WittKieffer has introduced a new implicit bias training package as part of its LeaderVerse suite of services. LeaderVerse, introduced in March of last year, combines executive assessment tools with enhanced leadership consulting capabilities to support the long-term success of executives and their organizations, through services including executive onboarding, coaching and succession planning. LeaderVerse helps organizations to tap

WittKieffer Names Academic Medicine and Health Sciences Practice Co-Leader

WittKieffer has appointed Deborah Wing as a new principal and co-leader of the firm’s academic medicine and health sciences practice. “Dr. Wing is an absolutely terrific addition to WittKieffer and our team in academic medicine. Her reputation as a clinician and leader in the field of women’s health and reproduction is stellar,” said Kimberly A. Smith, managing

WittKieffer Seeking New President for St. John’s University

Executive search firm WittKieffer has been called in by St. John’s University in Queens, NY, to lead its search for a new president. Conrado Gempesaw, the first lay president in the history of St. John’s University, will be retiring in 2021. Dennis M. Barden, senior partner; Greg Duyck, leader of the firm’s advancement practice; and Sarah Miller,

Executive Recruiters Weigh in On a Biden Presidency

The election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. to the Presidency promises significant change in Washington, D.C. for the next four years. Many questions remain about whether the incoming administration will be able to achieve its agenda, for better or worse, depending on one’s outlook – and the results of two Senate races still to be

Press Releases

WittKieffer Announces LeaderVerse: Market-Leading Leadership Assessment, Onboarding and Development Services

Oak Brook, Illinois – March 4, 2020 – Leading global executive search firm WittKieffer today announced the launch of LeaderVerse, a suite of services and solutions combining market-leading executive assessment tools with enhanced leadership consulting capabilities. In collaboration with international leadership evaluation and consulting firm CMA, LeaderVerse will offer WittKieffer clients innovative tools, proven methodologies and data-driven

Morten Nielsen Named Chair of AESC Global Board of Directors

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) has announced 2020 officer appointments to its Global Board of Directors, naming Morten Nielsen as AESC Global Chair. Nielsen, a Senior Partner and Global Managing Partner in the Life Sciences Practice at WittKieffer, has served as AESC Vice Chair for the past two years. AESC is the professional association

WittKieffer Announces Inaugural Sponsorship of The Equity Collaborative

Oak Brook, Ill. – November 12, 2019 – WittKieffer today announced that it is a founding sponsor of The Equity Collaborative, a new program of the Carol Emmott Foundation that aims to further gender parity in healthcare leadership and governance. The Equity Collaborative is comprised of 13 dedicated large healthcare systems working together to accelerate progress in achieving

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