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Life Sciences Search at Witt/Kieffer

Globalization, regulatory changes, outcomes-based healthcare, big data utilization, competitive pressure and industry consolidation are some of the forces that make it both challenging and fascinating to be in leadership roles within the life sciences industry.  

By combining unhindered access to top talent with sector-specific experience, knowledge and expertise, Witt/Kieffer has successfully partnered with organizations across the life sciences spectrum to attract, assess and recruit exceptional leaders. We conduct searches for board members, CEOs and other C-suite executives, as well as functional leaders for some of the most complex and strategic roles in the industry, including executives in research and development, regulatory, clinical and medical affairs.

In business since 1969, Witt/Kieffer is the largest retained executive search firm dedicated to serving clients committed to improving quality of life, inclusive of organizations in life sciences and healthcare. We have the ability to draw upon a large network of trusted sources to identify and attract leaders who might not surface during a traditional scan of the candidate universe, giving our clients a rich slate of proven executives from which to select. Our Witt/Kieffer International affiliate provides us with a global presence and enhanced ability to recruit exceptional leaders across borders.

Our market reputation is based on quality, tenacity, professionalism, timeliness and results.  We treat candidates and clients with the utmost respect.  Every search is subject to a quality audit in order to help us gauge and improve our work:

•   90% of our clients say that the leader we placed is an outstanding fit with the organization
•   94% would use Witt/Kieffer again; and
•   95% would recommend Witt/Kieffer to another client

Our search process is designed to deliver the optimal outcome for our clients. Key aspects of our approach include:

Unhindered access to top talent: While protecting our clients with reasonable off-limits restrictions, no life sciences organization is globally off-limits to us, allowing us to present candidates that other search firms often cannot approach.

Hands-on search approach: The lead consultant will be the single most important client contact, the go-to person for all aspects of the search assignment and will stay with the assignment until successfully completed.

Reach and responsiveness: Witt/Kieffer has the nimbleness required to be flexible in regards to client needs, yet the reach and influence to conduct searches on a global scale.  We currently serve clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Integral to every life sciences assignment we conduct are our Leadership Solutions, rooted in an industry-specific competency assessment model which helps to evaluate an executive’s strengths and areas for improvement. Based upon factors critical to success in pharma and other life sciences leaders, this proven portfolio of tools and methodologies helps organizations define what great leadership is according to their needs.

>Meet our team

Morten Nielsen is the Global Managing Director of the Life Sciences practice. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Morten has 10 years of experience in executive search, including various global leadership responsibilities. He has recruited board directors, CEOs, and other high-level executives for organizations in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics industries. Read more.


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