WittKieffer Announces Organizational Evolution to Better Serve Clients in the Quality of Life Ecosystem

WittKieffer announced today the evolution of its organizational structure aligned to its integrated approach to building and developing leadership teams within the healthcare, life sciences, and education markets. “Our strategy fully embraces our purpose of improving quality of life through impactful leadership and the promise that purpose entails. This strategy includes our expanded solutions to our growing client base,” stated WittKieffer CEO Andrew Chastain.  

This enhanced alignment is another significant step in the firm’s growth and offering of specialized, integrated solutions in Executive Search, Leadership Advisory and Interim Leadership for organizations at the intersection of healthcare delivery, science and education – the Quality of Life Ecosystem. Through this alignment, WittKieffer now more closely orients its capabilities and insights to the specific market context of its clients, while also ensuring that the development and execution of its solutions continue to meet the highest standards of quality and expertise exhibited for more than half a century. “Our success depends on continuing to offer exceptional experiences to our clients and to our team members. We continue to invest in ways to better serve our clients and to offer our teams development opportunities. We are investing in our future,” Chastain added.  

In addition to the three core solutions, WittKieffer now organizes around five key markets within the Quality of Life Ecosystem – Healthcare, Education, Life Sciences, Academic Medicine, and Emerging Markets, which includes the firm’s new Commercial Healthcare practice and other sectors into which WittKieffer expands. The focus on these markets and solutions enables WittKieffer to leverage the full breadth of its capabilities on behalf of clients’ success. 

WittKieffer’s new Enterprise Leadership Team comprises the following executives:

  • Andrew Chastain, President and Chief Executive Officer 
  • Michael Castleman, Chief Business Officer; Executive Partner, Emerging Markets and Interim Leadership 
  • Sharon Higgins, Chief Marketing Officer 
  • Nils Hopmann, Executive Partner and Global Leader, Life Sciences; Managing Partner, WittKieffer International 
  • Erin Lavelle, Chief Financial Officer
  • Shazia Mian, Chief Information Officer 
  • Tiffany Morris, Chief Human Resources Officer 
  • Donna Padilla, Executive Partner, Healthcare 
  • Jason Petros, Executive Partner, Executive Search 
  • Kimberly Smith, Executive Partner, Academic Medicine 
  • Zachary Smith, PhD, Executive Partner, Education  
  • Susan Snyder, Executive Partner, Leadership Advisory 

The creation of this new Enterprise Leadership Team reflects significant growth and investment in new capabilities for clients and team members, including in Commercial Strategy & Insights to enhance knowledge and content, as well as new technologies that offer transformational data, connectivity and flexibility. 

“In recent years, we purposefully evolved our organization to be a multi-solution advisory firm offering an integrated approach to building and developing impactful leadership. These current changes are an extension of this trajectory, allowing us to move forward with a clear vision, defined strategy and organized implementation,” noted Chastain. “While positively impacting our ability to serve clients seamlessly and comprehensively, this evolution enhances our culture and allows for personal growth, professional development and mentorship for all WittKieffer team members. It is a natural part of our progression to adapt and build upon more than 50 years of expertly serving clients who impact their communities and society on a day-to-day basis.”  

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