Stefan Werdegar is a Managing Partner with QLK based in Austin, Texas. He is passionate about helping organizations attract and develop top talent that will allow them to have the “right executives in the right seats.” Stefan’s unique approach to search focuses on each client’s overall talent management process, combining leadership development with evidence-based recruiting. He views the importance of executive search as extending beyond talent acquisition to ultimate long-term retention. Stefan brings over six years of executive search experience to his role, having served in a variety of vice president-level positions within national healthcare consulting and search firms. His expertise – and passion – is in the areas of healthcare technology/life science and private equity/venture capital, where he has had a particular focus on the placement of director-level, vice president-level, and C-suite executives for healthcare systems, ACOs, ambulatory medical groups, and private equity-backed healthcare IT/revenue cycle/services companies. Prior to beginning his career in executive search, Stefan spent more than 12 years in business development and client management positions within large technology and healthcare IT software companies. Stefan enjoys coaching executives to excel in their careers and as leaders. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and career development at regional and national association conferences, including those of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the Texas Association for Healthcare Financial Administration. He has also been a visiting lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University in Austin, as well as for the Master of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from Chicago, Stefan holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University. He is active in the National Association of Hospital Councils, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Stefan is bilingual in English and Spanish, and enjoys traveling with his wife, playing golf, and trying interesting foods and wines.