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.

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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 Opens Office in Singapore

Executive search firm WittKieffer has expanded into the Asia-Pacific market with the opening of an office in Singapore. Headed by managing director Anissa Low, the Singapore office will allow WittKieffer to operate on a global scale, to source talent across continents and serve clients in healthcare, education, and life sciences. WittKieffer selected Singapore as the regional hub

WittKieffer Assists UConn in Landing New Chief Diversity Officer

The role of chief diversity officer is expanding at universities. It has 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 beyond that of most administrators. In

WittKieffer Names Board Services Practice Leader

Executive search firm WittKieffer has appointed James King as leader of its board services practice. In addition to his new role, Mr. King serves as a senior partner and the firm’s chief quality officer, a board member and member of its diversity council. “Today’s business landscape has been severely altered as a result of COVID-19, leaving even the

Des Moines University Picks WittKieffer for CHRO Search

Executive search firm WittKieffer is spearheading the search for a new chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Des Moines University in Iowa. Consultants Melissa Fincher and Sarah Miller are leading the assignment for the search firm. Des Moines University wants a dynamic, creative and engaging leader to play an integral role in a time of significant

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