Jefferson University Hospitals

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health Board of Trustees Announces Selection of Executive Search Firm to Find Next CEO


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Egon Zehnder to lead national search for one of the country’s most innovative universities and one of the fastest growing health systems.

PHILADELPHIA — Today, the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health announced the selection of Egon Zehnder, a global management consulting and executive search firm, to lead the national search to find the next CEO of Jefferson. The search comes after Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, announced his retirement last year.

Egon Zehnder is the world's largest privately held leadership advisory firm. The firm has a distinguished history of successful health system and higher education executive searches

Jefferson’s Board of Trustees’ Chair Patricia D. Wellenbach said, “After a thorough review process of professional search firms, I’m thrilled that Egon Zehnder is taking on this critical charge. We are seeking a visionary who will build on Jefferson’s extensive work to reimagine health care, higher education, and research, and I believe Egon Zehnder is well-positioned to recruit this type of leader. It’s also important that the next leader of Jefferson shares the Board’s commitment to advancing health equity and making key innovations in health care delivery and higher education.”

The search – which is expected to take eight to ten months to complete – will be led by Leslie McNamara, Co-Vice Chair of the Jefferson Board of Trustees. Joining Ms. McNamara on the CEO Search Committee are Robert Adelson, Drew Morrisroe, John Silvestri, Michael Sneed and Ramona Rogers-Windsor.

Retired partner of Ernst & Young and Emeritus Board Trustee H. Richard Haverstick, Jr. was appointed as interim President and CEO on January 1, 2022. Mr. Haverstick was appointed to the Thomas Jefferson University Board of Trustees in 2013, and was integral to the unification of the Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital the following year. He served with distinction as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health for two years.

About Egon Zehnder

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