Managing Partner & Practice Leader, Healthcare

Donna Padilla, senior partner and vice chair, healthcare practice, is based at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL. She joined Witt/Kieffer in 1999 and has participated in nearly 500 healthcare executive search assignments, including successful searches that led to the placement of CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CNOs and other senior leaders. Donna has worked with healthcare boards and senior leadership teams within a variety of healthcare organizations. She has achieved market prominence serving faith-based providers, complex health systems, academic medical centers, acute care settings, not-for-profit organizations and physician practices. Donna is involved in all facets of client consulting. Clients value her thoughtful and thorough approach, sophisticated industry knowledge and ability to choose candidates with the traits and skills necessary for success within today’s prominent healthcare organizations. She ensures her clients recruit senior leaders who match the organization’s mission, vision, culture, and values. In her time at Witt/Kieffer, Donna has received eight of the firm’s annual quality awards, rewarded for outstanding performance, and based on client satisfaction ratings, team play, and firm knowledge contribution. Prior to joining the firm, Donna served in a national marketing role with a large, Minnesota-based managed care corporation. Donna currently serves on the board of NALHE (National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives). She writes and speaks frequently to health system trustees, CEOs, faith-based and other professional organizations on values-based leadership and career management topics.

M.L.I.S., Dominican University, River Forest, IL
B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL