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.

Witt/Kieffer 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. Our clients have relied on Witt/Kieffer 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.



Witt/Kieffer Seeking Diversity Officers for Pratt Institute and West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Chief diversity officers are now considered part of most every competitive organization’s senior management team, and operations of all kinds are lining up to bring these highly sought after leaders on board. Search firms have become increasingly well equipped and well-networked throughout the space. One sector that has seen growing demand for top drawer diversity

Bonnie Panlasigui joins Witt/Kiefer

Healthcare Leader Joins Witt/Kieffer

In recent months, executive search firms have been plucking talent from the corporate ranks in a wide array of sectors. Just recently, Witt/Kieffer named Bonnie Panlasigui, former chief administrative officer with Alameda Hospital in California, as a consultant in the firm’s healthcare practice. Based in Emeryville, CA, Ms. Panlasigui brings vast experience as a senior executive spanning

Former Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost Philip Tang Joins Witt/Kieffer

Former Johns Hopkins University Vice Provost Joins Witt/Kieffer

Philip Tang has joined executive search firm Witt/Kieffer as a consultant in its education practice. He brings to the job nearly 15 years of university administration experience at one of the nation’s leading universities. Mr. Tang previously served as vice provost for academic services at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he led online and digital

Here’s the Single Biggest Challenge Facing Diversity Leaders

Those who step into a new job as chief diversity officer tend to carry a heavy load. Theirs is an increasingly vital role. The challenges they face are complex and the demands of the position are many, with pressure coming from all sides. Naturally, institutions want strong, well-versed leaders in this area. But diversity chiefs

Witt/Kieffer Announces Promotions

Executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has announced 10 promotions in its expanding search practices. These promotions follow the appointment of Andrew Chastain to CEO, replacing Charles “Chuck” W.B. Wardell. “During this time of unprecedented change across industries, we are thrilled to recognize these professionals who have helped our clients to build successful, thriving leadership,” said Mr. Chastain. “They each bring a


Concetta M. Stewart Joins Witt/Kieffer

OAK BROOK, IL, January 18, 2017 — Concetta M. Stewart has joined the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer as a principal in its growing Education Practice. She brings to the position more than two decades of leadership experience across academic disciplines, with particular expertise in academic affairs, program development, and technology and communications. Most recently, Stewart served as provost

Leah Cox Named VP for Inclusion and Institutional Equity at Towson University

OAK BROOK, IL, December 20, 2016 — Leah Cox, Ph.D., has been appointed Towson University’s inaugural vice president for inclusion and institutional equity, effective January 23, 2017. This appointment resulted from a national search that lasted several months and drew more than 50 highly qualified candidates from around the nation. Cox comes to TU from the University of

Witt/Kieffer Announces Expansion of Sports Leadership Practice

OAK BROOK, IL, November 10, 2016 — Signaling its commitment to college sports, Witt/Kieffer has named experienced executive recruiter Katy Young as a senior associate in its expanding Sports Leadership practice. Experienced in both collegiate and professional sports executive search, Young has supported over 40 searches for Division I head coaches and athletic directors. She has worked with

Witt/Kieffer Announces New Leadership for IT Practice

OAK BROOK, IL, September 21, 2016 — Witt/Kieffer, a leading executive search firm, has announced that Hillary Ross, Principal and Chris Wierz, Principal will co-lead Witt/Kieffer’s IT Practice. Witt/Kieffer’s Information Technology practice assesses and recruits prominent IT leaders to roles including chief information officer and chief medical informatics officer. Witt/Kieffer’s consultants are distinctively qualified with knowledge concerning challenges

Witt/Kieffer Announces Ten New Promotions

OAK BROOK, IL, August 17, 2016 — Witt/Kieffer, a leading executive search firm, today announces ten promotions across its expanding search practices. “I’m thrilled to recognize those individuals who have excelled in serving our clients and communities; our team has worked hard to reach this level of sustained growth,” said Charles W.B. Wardell III, Chair and CEO of