Quick Leonard Kieffer Names Managing Partner

Quick Leonard Kieffer named Courtney Lada managing partner

October 20, 2017 – 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, president and CEO of the Chicago-headquartered firm.

During her tenure, Ms. Lada has closed more than 100 C-level searches, with particular expertise in the not-for-profit sector. She has also gained significant exposure to large, for-profit, Fortune 500 companies such as global airlines, financial services providers, tech giants and pharmaceutical companies as her clients take a more progressive and unconventional approach to crafting their leadership teams.

The firm said she is known for her candid and resolute style and has led many of Quick Leonard Kieffer’s most notable and highest-billed searches, including the recent placement of several senior executives for Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), a $23 billion, 50-hospital health system headquartered in Washington State.

Dr. Rod Hochman, CEO of PSJH, said his experience with Ms. Lada has been exceedingly positive. “Courtney and Quick Leonard Kieffer have made the difference for us in helping to achieve Healthcare 2.0 as we sought leaders with varied experience outside of traditional health care,” he said. “We attribute a good portion of our success to our leaders, and Courtney has helped us find those individuals.”

Search Work

Ms. Lada predominantly serves clients in the healthcare space, including hospitals, health systems, medical groups, health plans and insurance providers, and associations. Her recruitment experience spans the full spectrum of administrative functions, from chief executives and board members to senior leaders in compliance, finance, fundraising and foundations, human resources, information technology, legal affairs, marketing, medical affairs, nursing, pharmacy, population health, quality, strategy and business development. Recently, she assisted in placing Ann Marie Madden as CNO and vice president of patient care services for Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

In addition to her strong presence in the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Lada has gained significant exposure to large, for-profit, Fortune 500 companies, such as airlines, financial service providers, technology giants and pharmaceutical companies.

Prior to joining Quick Leonard Kieffer, Ms. Lada worked for a special education cooperative on Chicago’s South Side, assisting with counseling sessions for children in grades K-12. Her background in applied psychology, with a focus on behavioral interviewing and counseling, has given her a unique perspective and advantage in executive search, said the firm.

Quick Leonard Kieffer specializes in placing executive-level employees across the healthcare industry. The firm was established in 1999 by Mr. Quick and Michael C. Kieffer.


Recruiting in the search industry continue to climb the ladder within their respective firms. Here’s a look at a few recent promotions at executive search firms from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

Executive search firm Charles Aris Inc. promoted senior director of knowledge management Brian Styers to vice president of knowledge management and communications for his work in leading the firm’s efforts in research, marketing and digital strategy.

In July, Witt/Kieffer announced 10 promotions in its expanding search practices. Werner Boel, based in Atlanta, is now senior partner and leader of the firm’s legal services practice. Melissa Fincher, based in Columbus, OH, is now a senior associate in the firm’s education practice. Ben Haden, based in San Diego, CA, is now a consultant for WK Advisors, a division of Witt/Kieffer…

Executive search firm Lucas Group has promoted two key players to bolster its ranks. Justin Martinez was named managing partner and leader of the firm’s Chicago-based information technology practice and Aaron Silbert was tapped as branch practice manager to spearhead its HR business in New York City.

Chicago-based executive search firm TalentRISE promoted Allicia Hahn to partner. She joined the firm two years ago as managing director to build client relationships by delivering tailored recruitment solutions to the human resources, marketing, supply chain manufacturing and information technology sectors. She also has assumed a leadership role for the firm’s operational excellence initiative.

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

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