C.J. Bolster is a highly regarded senior leader in the management consulting and executive search fields and a consultant to healthcare and higher education. As a professional service firm leader, he has held progressive departmental, regional, industry, national and global positions where teams he has led achieved improved client impact and service, profitable growth and internal development of leadership talent. As a consultant, he has worked with governing and management boards on issues including performance and talent development, executive and board compensation, organizational design and C-suite succession planning. The combination of his professional service leadership and organizational consulting leads to a deep understanding and passion for the role leadership plays in the successful implementation of an organization’s strategy.
Based in London, C.J. serves as WittKieffer’s Managing Director of Global Operations. Prior to joining WittKieffer, he was a managing director and held other senior executive roles with another global executive search and advisory firm. Here, he led the successful integration of a major acquisition and the operations of advisory services for that firm in EMEA. Prior to the acquisition, he led U.S. operations for Hay Group. In this role, he held progressive leadership positions including head of healthcare sector, regional general manager, head of industries, and head of the U.S. as well as consulting with highly regarded academic health systems, national and regional health systems, and universities.
Additionally, C.J. was a senior manager with KPMG Peat Marwick in Atlanta, where he directed and participated in numerous healthcare strategic planning and organizational improvement efforts. Prior to that, he was a consultant and director of business development for Medicus Systems Inc. in Chicago, where he assisted with the identification of and planning for acquisitions, strategic partnerships and product development opportunities. C.J. was elected and served on the Hay Group governing board and he has served on several additional governing boards including as former vice chair and member of Theatrical Outfit, a leading regional theatre in Atlanta, and former chair and long-term member of the Atlanta Hospital Hospitality House Board. C.J. is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.