John Fazekas, senior associate in Witt/Kieffer’s healthcare practice, utilizes nearly 25 years of executive search experience as he partners with clients to solve evolving leadership challenges. He identifies senior leaders and has led a range of projects nationally at the CEO, president, COO and CFO level, working collaboratively with founders, boards of directors and financial backers to find leaders who can strategically scale, re-position or re-invigorate for-profit and nonprofit organizations. John is based in the firm’s Boston office.
Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, John was director of executive search for The Bridgespan Group, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that worked exclusively with other nonprofits through a range of services that included executive search, strategy consulting and philanthropic advising. Clients included direct service agencies, national nonprofits, foundations and other philanthropic initiatives. John began his executive search career in the for-profit arena, initially with two global search firms before moving to boutiques focused on rapidly scaling, emerging technology clients. Recruiting senior leaders across functions, including many highly technical roles, John developed a strong reputation for his perseverance in solving challenging search assignments focused as much on cultural fit, motivation and character, as on the required operating leadership. That foundation has served him well as he recruits/evaluates exceptional nonprofit leaders with the necessary dual bottom-line focus of operating efficiency and mission impact.
John has served on the board of directors for Needham Babe Ruth & Little League Baseball, is a youth sports coach and volunteers frequently within his community.