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Gregory R. Santore

Greg Santore’s combined expertise in executive search and leadership experience as CEO, president, and COO of various organizations make him ideally suited to identify and evaluate senior leaders across a variety of disciplines. As head of the firm’s Sports Leadership practice, Greg has led athletics searches for some of the most high-profile academic institutions in the country, including schools from the Ivy, NESCAC and Power Five conferences. As a principal at Witt/Kieffer, Greg has also recruited CEOs, presidents, and other senior executives for organizations higher education, healthcare, and the not-for-profit sector.

Greg’s work is built upon trust, excellence, and collaboration with clients. He is expert in leading and communicating with trustees, search committees, alumni and other constituencies, balancing the need for openness and transparency with candidate confidentiality. In sourcing candidates and gauging the marketplace he calls upon a unique and extensive network of executives, media members, athletes, consultants, philanthropists, and others with whom he has built lasting relationships over many years. He is a frequent speaker and writer on leadership, career, and recruiting topics and has been featured on, Inside Higher Ed, Athletic Business, SportsBusiness Journal, Yahoo! Sports Radio, and other outlets.

Early in his career, Greg worked in orthopedic rehabilitation and worked with clients both at the collegiate and professional level. He also was CEO of Integra, a behavioral health company, where he directly managed and built relationships with many Fortune 500 companies and also as CEO of Screenfriends, an entertainment software company. Greg’s career in executive search began at Korn/Ferry. His search practice focused on recruiting CEOs, presidents, general counsel, CFOs, VPs and other senior leaders for Fortune 500 and other companies and organizations.

Greg is an adjunct professor in the Rutgers University M.S. program in Global Sports Business. He has served and worked with various not-for-profit boards including the Saves (4) ALS Foundation (Philadelphia Phillies), American Hand Therapy Foundation and Philadelphia Board for Corporate Governance. He is currently an advisor to the GVAA Baseball program in Southern New Jersey and is a former elected official in Camden County, New Jersey.

M.B.A., Business Administration, Rutgers University School of Business, Camden, NJ

B.A., Marketing, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ


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Gregory R. Santore
Principal & Practice Leader, Sports Leadership
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 630-575-6144
Fax: 630-990-1382
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