Quick Leonard Kieffer Adds Former IlliniCare Health Plan CEO

September 16, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.

Executive recruitment firm Quick Leonard Kieffer recently expanded with the addition of longtime IlliniCare Health Plan CEO Michael Marrah as managing partner.

“Mike Marrah brings a high level of success in the areas of health insurance, Medicaid managed care, and value-based care,” said Steve Derks, president and CEO of Quick Leonard Kieffer. “Paired with his work with private equity-based healthcare companies, he possesses a skill-set that will be of tremendous benefit to our clients. We are privileged that our firm will enjoy the strategic insights Mike has gained throughout his diverse career of transforming health plans, providing significant legal counsel and contributing administrative guidance in academia, and we welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Marrah brings a career of success in creating value for organizations by leveraging his legal, executive and operational experience. He has demonstrated the ability – in both turnaround and stick-built environments – to put the right people in the right place at the right time to create an actionable purpose and mission; to drive accountability, agility and alignment; and to build cultures focused on return on investment, process improvement and accountability, said Quick Leonard Kieffer.

In 2017, Mr. Marrah stepped down from his role as president and CEO of IlliniCare Health Plan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corp. and one of the leading Medicaid health plans in Illinois, where he had P&L responsibility exceeding $1 billion. During his tenure, he effected a turnaround evidenced by year-over-year increases in employee satisfaction, revenue, health outcomes and profits. The team he built achieved the highest technical score of all bidders in the 2017 statewide procurement, raising revenue projections to over $2 billion for 2018 and securing the state’s first sole-source foster care contract.

Previously, Mr. Marrah served as vice president of operations for Home State Health Plan in Chesterfield, Missouri, building the plan and then assuming responsibility for all non-medical operations, including network development and member and provider services. He began his career building private law practices focused on the protection and commercialization of human health-related intellectual property before becoming a partner in Sonnenschein, now Dentons, one of the largest law firms in the world.

Healthcare Recruiters

Founded in 1999, Quick Leonard Kieffer is a retained executive search firm with experience finding leaders for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, healthcare associations, life sciences companies, insurance companies and non-profits, among other clients. The firm is based in Chicago and has a track record of placing C-suite and other senior executives with leading, well-recognized healthcare organizations around the country.


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Quick Leonard Kieffer recently partnered with BPI Group, a consulting firm with global experts in leadership, talent and career transition. Named Quick & BPI Group, the combined organization looks to offer “best-in-class” career transition services.

BPI group specializes in career transition services, leadership and talent development, and executive coaching across all sizes of companies, from Fortune 50 global enterprises to privately-held businesses, including the healthcare sector. The firm has deep experience helping clients face the talent impact of consolidations, with a track record in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, downsizings, major strategic changes and other corporate change initiatives. The firm was founded in Paris in 1984. Its U.S. headquarters is in Chicago.

“We’re thrilled to partner with BPI group to bring best-in-class career transition services and other talent management solutions to our clients,” said Roger Quick, founder and vice chair of Quick Leonard Kieffer. “As the healthcare industry continues to experience rapid change and consolidation, it’s paramount that we can deliver a full range of services to help them manage transition and transformation.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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