Patricia Ahern is a Managing Partner with QLK. Pat’s expertise is in senior executive leadership search and organizational development. She specializes in executive director, chief executive officer, board placements and other senior executive leadership search projects. Identifying and assessing both current and emerging industry leaders has distinguished Pat in the field of executive search. She developed a unique candidate assessment tool that enables clients to identify the best-in-class leaders and, most importantly, to identify the critical leadership characteristics needed to ensure organizational excellence. Pat became a healthcare executive search professional after 15 years in corporate marketing and communications. This unique combination of practical experience in strategic business development, coupled with an industry perspective on effective organizational growth, affords Pat a broad view of successful leadership team development. Before joining QLK, Pat served in executive roles with two other national search firms. In these positions, she led a wide variety of C-level assignments in the areas of operations, marketing, finance, human resources, information technology, strategic planning and development. Pat holds a bachelors of arts in psychology and sociology from Mundelein College-Loyola University located in Chicago, Illinois.