Donna Padilla

Managing Partner & Practice Leader, Healthcare - Chicago

Since joining WittKieffer in 1999, Donna Padilla has participated in over 500 search assignments for healthcare executives. As Healthcare Practice leader, she is cultivating the next generation of WittKieffer’s subject matter experts for a new era of healthcare service delivery while maintaining an extensive search practice in support of her clients’ high-profile engagements for visionary CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CNOs and other senior leaders.

Routinely working closely with governing body members and senior leadership teams, Donna has achieved market prominence serving Faith-Based providers, complex health systems, academic medical centers, medical groups, related professional associations and other not-for-profit organizations.

Clients value her thoughtful and thorough approach, sophisticated industry knowledge and ability to deliver candidates with the traits and skills necessary for success within today’s prominent healthcare organizations. She ensures her clients recruit senior leaders who match the organization’s mission, vision, culture and values. In her time at WittKieffer, Donna has received nine of the firm’s annual quality awards, rewarded for outstanding performance, and based on client satisfaction ratings, candidate satisfaction ratings, team play and firm knowledge contribution.

Prior to joining the firm, Donna served in a national marketing role with a large, Minnesota-based managed care corporation. She previously served on the board of NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives). She writes and speaks frequently to health system trustees, CEOs, Faith-Based and other professional organizations on values-based leadership and career management topics. Donna serves on the WittKieffer board of directors.