Quick Leonard Kieffer


Quick Leonard Kieffer is composed of CEO Roger Quick and Chairman Michael Kieffer as well as talented managing partners and principals, who are supported by an excellent research and production team. To learn more about the search consultants who can best suite your needs, please visit the individual biographies.

The company was founded in 1999 by a group of experienced executive search consultants, committed to creating a niche firm that focused on quality execution for a select number of clients. It is why our partners chose not to work for larger firms and deliberately created this “right size” firm.

As a privately held firm, our only responsibility is to find the best leaders for you. Publicly traded search firms have different priorities. The stock market demands that they deliver revenue and profit. The result is that many more searches are assigned per consultant, expenses are treated as “profit centers,” and large bureaucracies are created that take away the ability to customize searches for clients. Because of our choice to remain privately held, clients and candidates receive our undivided attention. Our clients, not Wall Street, are our sole priority.

Each year, the firm has realized increased success. In fact, 75 percent of our search assignments come from repeat clients, while 90 percent of our follow-up client surveys rate our work as “superior to other firms they have used in the past.” We attribute this success to the dogged determination, market knowledge and depth of our executive search professionals. Our goal is to serve our clients beyond their immediate recruitment needs. We strive to be their partners for long-term success, based on our ability to build trusting and lasting relationships. We truly view our clients and our candidates as partners in search . . . for exceptional leaders.



Quick Leonard Kieffer Healthcare Association Specialist

Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Healthcare Association Specialist

Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has announced a new of counsel relationship with H. Stephen Lieber. He will be assisting with executive search and client consulting, with a special emphasis on the healthcare association and professional society arenas, as well as the information and digital technology industry sectors. “Steve Lieber brings remarkable association CEO experience to his

Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds New Managing Partners

Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds New Managing Partners

Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has expanded with the additions of Derek Castaneda, Mark Nelson and Stefan Werdegar as managing partners in Omaha, Minneapolis and Austin, respectively. Mr. Castaneda brings 11 years of recruitment experience to his role, most recently serving as the healthcare practice leader for a global executive search firm in Omaha. His focus has been

Quick Leonard Kieffer CNO Illinois Valley Community Hospital

Quick Leonard Kieffer Lands CNO for Illinois Valley Community Hospital

As the life sciences sector continues to expand and reconfigure itself, vanguard organizations in the field are looking to bolster their leadership ranks. In demand: multi-skilled executives, physician leaders and nurses who can effect change on many levels. Of the four major C-suite roles in the typical hospital, the chief nursing officer (CNO) has traditionally been

Quick Leonard Kieffer Appoints Steven M. Derks CEO

Quick Leonard Kieffer Appoints CEO

Executive recruitment firms have made a number of top leadership appointments this past year, many focused on strategy, growth, branding efforts and operations. The latest: Chicago-based Quick Leonard Kieffer has named Steven M. Derks as its president and CEO. He takes over from Roger Quick, who will now serve as vice chair. “We are delighted to welcome

Quick Leonard Kieffer named Courtney Lada managing partner

Quick Leonard Kieffer Names Managing Partner

Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer has named Courtney Lada as managing partner. As the senior-most role within the firm, she will be responsible for business development, strategic planning, project management, and team member training and advancement. “During her decade-long career with us, Courtney has played a critical role in the firm’s success and growth,” noted Roger Quick,


National Executive Search Firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is Pleased to Announce the Addition of Three Managing Partners

CHICAGO, IL April 3, 2018 – Derek Castaneda, based in Omaha, Nebraska; Mark Nelson, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Stefan Werdegar, based in Austin, Texas. Derek brings 11 years of recruitment experience to his role, most recently serving as the healthcare practice leader for a global executive search firm in Omaha.  His focus has been on the placement of administrators and senior

Executive Search Firm Following its Own Succession Advice

CHICAGO, IL, January. 24, 2018 – Today, the Founders of Quick Leonard Kieffer, one of the country’s leading retained executive search firms specializing in executive and board search for hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, associations and professional societies, life sciences and medical device as well as large non-profits and foundations, announced the appointment of a new

Quick Leonard Kieffer Announces Jake Barto as Partner

CHICAGO, June 29, 2016 — During his time with Quick Leonard Kieffer, Jake has executed numerous senior-level search assignments, assisting healthcare systems recruit chief executive officers as well as operational, financial, and clinical leaders. Jake is skilled at delving deeply into the organizations with which he works in order to gain an understanding of their challenges, opportunities, and

Scott Sammon, Partner, Joins Quick Leonard Kieffer

CHICAGO, March 3, 2016 — Scott began his career in executive search at Quick Leonard Kieffer in 2000. He left the organization for five years, leading the Healthcare practice at another international firm before returning.  Scott’s expertise comes from working with a variety of clients over the past fifteen years, including critical access hospitals, some of the largest

Patricia Hall, Managing Partner, Joins Quick Leonard Kieffer

CHICAGO, February 16, 2016 — Patti joins Quick Leonard Kieffer with over twenty years’ experience, focused on general management, commercial and operations leadership for the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and consumer health and wellness sectors. She has placed senior leaders into public organizations and has helped build executive talent for investor-backed startups and portfolio companies. Patti has conducted