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 Seeks Chief People Officer for the Institute of Aging  

With the coronavirus crisis still posing a risk to people everywhere, human resources executives are stepping up at businesses across the country, playing a vital role in helping their organizations navigate what continues to be an even greater challenge than the Great Recession. Along the way, the importance of people strategy is expanding, and that

WittKieffer Names Head of Marketing

WittKieffer has named Sharon Higgins as head of marketing. “We are extremely excited to have Sharon join our team and help WittKieffer continue on its course as one of the leading firms in the executive search industry,” said Elizabeth Frye, chief of operations. “She brings unique skills that she has honed in her prior leadership roles and a

WittKieffer Assists Colorado State University with Recruitment of VP for Diversity and Inclusion

WittKieffer has placed Kauline Cipriani as vice president for diversity and inclusion for Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO. Leading the assignment were Charlene Aguilar, consultant; Christine Pendleton, senior associate; and Bree Liddell, associate. “We are just thrilled to welcome Kauline to the leadership team of Colorado State University,” said Joyce McConnell, president of CSU.

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

Press Releases

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

WittKieffer Welcomes Sharon Higgins as Head of Marketing

Oak Brook, Ill. – August 4, 2021 – WittKieffer, a 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, today announced the hiring of Sharon Higgins as the firm’s head of marketing. Higgins will provide guidance and leadership across marketing and communication channels,

WittKieffer Appoints Michelle Johnson Senior Partner in Firm’s Healthcare Practice

Oak Brook, Ill. – July 20, 2021 – WittKieffer, a 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, today announced Michelle Johnson as a new senior partner in the Healthcare Practice. In this position, Johnson will continue to prioritize the placement

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