About Us

WittKieffer is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm developing impactful leadership teams for organizations that improve quality of life. We work exclusively with organizations in healthcare, science, and education—the Quality of Life Ecosystem—and provide the essential knowledge, analysis and perspective that produce effective leaders and inclusive cultures. Through our executive search, interim leadership, and leadership advisory solutions, we strengthen organizations that make the world better. WittKieffer is proud to be 100 percent employee-owned. Visit www.wittkieffer.com to learn more.

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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 Seeking Chief People Officer for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has been retained by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to lead in its search for a chief people officer. Stephen Davis, Keshia Harris, and Katie Mazzuckelli are leading the assignment. Memorial Sloan Kettering seeks a dynamic, progressive, and innovative human resources executive to serve as its next chief people

WittKieffer Tapped by Franklin Pierce University to Lead President Search

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has been selected by Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, to lead its search for a new president. Current president Kim Mooney has announced she is retiring at the end of this academic year. Lucy Leske, Jeff Compher, and Kim Migoya are leading the assignment. “As the search process gets underway, the WittKieffer team will

WittKieffer Expands Interim Leadership Solutions into Life Sciences and Investor-Backed Healthcare

Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has expanded its interim and on-demand leadership solutions to the life sciences and investor-backed healthcare markets. Ysette Witteveen, a veteran interim and on-demand talent advisor and former management consultant, has been named as managing partner & practice leader, interim leadership – life sciences and investor-backed healthcare. “WittKieffer specializes exclusively in the quality of life ecosystem

WittKieffer Leading President Search for the University of Hartford

A number of colleges and universities across the country are opening searches that, if all goes to plan, will provide high-profile leaders to take them into a new era of fundraising, digitalization, sports and, increasingly the case, globalization. Oak Brook-IL-based WittKieffer has been selected by the University of Hartford to lead in its search for its seventh

Press Releases

AESC Global Board Adds Michael Castleman, Recognizes Morten Nielsen for Service

Oak Brook, IL – February 22, 2024 – Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) announced the addition of Michael Castleman, WittKieffer’s Chief Business Officer and Executive Partner for its Global Life Sciences, Investor-Backed Healthcare and Interim Leadership Solutions practices, to its Global Board of Directors. It also recognized WittKieffer’s Morten Nielsen, a Senior

WittKieffer Expands Interim Leadership Solutions into Life Sciences and Investor-Backed Healthcare, Welcomes Executive Talent Expert Ysette Witteveen

Oak Brook, Illinois, December 4, 2023 – WittKieffer, the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm improving quality of life through impactful leadership, today announced the expansion of its interim and on-demand leadership solutions to the life sciences and investor-backed healthcare markets. Ysette Witteveen, a veteran interim and on-demand talent advisor and former management consultant,

Melody Rose Expands Role with WittKieffer, Joins Firm’s Leadership Advisory

Oak Brook, Illinois, Nov. 16, 2023 – WittKieffer, the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm developing impactful leadership solutions for organizations that improve the quality of life, has announced that Principal Melody Rose, Ph.D., has broadened her role with the firm and joined its Leadership Advisory practice. Dr. Rose, a former university president and

WittKieffer Launches Redesigned Website

Oak Brook, Illinois, Nov. 1, 2023 – WittKieffer, the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm developing impactful leadership solutions for organizations that improve the quality of life, today unveiled a new website that serves as a content-rich, dynamic digital home for the market-leading 54-year-old company. The new site (still at www.wittkieffer.com) highlights the firm’s

WittKieffer Announces Expansion of Leadership Advisory Practice

Oak Brook, Illinois, January 10, 2023 – WittKieffer, a premier executive search and advisory firm improving quality of life through impactful leadership, today announced the expansion of its Leadership Advisory practice with the addition of two exceptional senior partners: Lynn Foster and Raj Ramachandran. “We focus exclusively on organizations in not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare, life