Quick Leonard Kieffer Recruits Chief Talent Officer for Atrium Health

May 7, 2020 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields and even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic many within the sector continue to hire, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. What’s more, human resource professionals and particularly heads of talent – the very leaders responsible for the people within their organizations – are now on the front lines more than ever, dealing with furloughs, engagement and everything in between. As a result, the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout these industry and functional sectors has only grown during these turbulent times.

One fresh example: Executive search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer recently placed Daniel Gandarilla as senior vice president and chief talent officer for Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) in Charlotte, NC. Partner Jake Barto led the assignment.


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Mr. Gandarilla comes to Atrium from Texas Health Resources, where he served as vice president and chief learning officer for five years, with responsibility for centralized functions including leadership and management development, medical libraries, continuing education, clinical and business education, and other system‐ wide education and training initiatives. During his time at Texas Health, Mr. Gandarilla helped to embed a philosophy of continuous learning, change management, interprofessional collaboration and developing leadership at all levels.

Previously, Mr. Gandarilla served as director of talent and team development as well as manager of strategic organizational development at Texas Health Resources. He was also director of leadership and student activities at South San Francisco High School in California, where he began his career as a history teacher.

In his role with Atrium, Mr. Gandarilla will be responsible for developing and leading a highly effective, technologically advanced and integrated learning, succession management, leadership and organizational development strategy. He starts in his new position on July 1.

One of the nation’s most comprehensive public, not‐for‐profit health systems, Atrium has been serving the community since 1940. The health system has grown to encompass 50 hospitals representing nearly 7,400 licensed beds, as well as more than 900 care locations. Atrium is served by more than 69,800 teammates, more than 3,705 physicians and upwards of 17,000 nurses. The organization is continually recognized both locally and nationally for its commitment to delivering efficient, quality care, earning distinctions from many top accrediting and ranking organizations, including recognition as a “Best Children’s Hospital” and “Best Nursing Home,” a “Health Care’s Most Wired” organization, and a “Best Employer.”

Healthcare Recruiters

Quick Leonard Kieffer specializes in placing executive-level employees across the healthcare industry. The firm was established in 1999 by Roger Quick and Michael C. Kieffer. Although the healthcare sector is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, the firm said, the industry is in the midst of a turbulent transformation. This makes the need for proven and experienced boards and executive teams with vision and broadening skills more important than ever. The firm recently named Steven M. Derks as its president and CEO. Mr. Derks was previously president and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mr. Barto has executed numerous senior-level search assignments, helping healthcare systems recruit chief executive officers as well as operational, financial and clinical leaders. Among his clients: Trinity Health, Sanford Health, McLaren Health Care and national and state associations, including ACHE and the Alabama Hospital Association. His career in executive search began with Miller Resource Group in the Chicago suburbs, where he specialized in medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare assignments.

Mr. Barto also filled another top HR role for a healthcare system in North Carolina with the placement of Michelle Adamolekun as the chief human resources officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Ms. Adamolekun was previously a regional CHRO for Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic, non-profit health system.

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

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