Ben Haden

Ben Haden, a consultant in the WK Advisors practice, focuses on an efficient, relationship-driven and results-oriented approach to the search process. Based in Oregon and affiliated with the Irvine office, Ben leads searches in the western region for mid-level executive leaders within higher education, healthcare and the non-profit sector. At Witt/Kieffer, Ben has partnered to successfully manage executive director, vice president, dean, provost and presidential searches. Ben’s primary focus and expertise is in business/administrative operations, finance, human resources, information technology, and advancement.

Ben has over 15 years of organizational experience in talent management within multiple industries, and specifically executive search in higher education and healthcare. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, he was an internal executive recruiter for University of California at San Diego for seven years. In this role, Ben co-established an in-house executive search function filling key senior leadership positions throughout the UC system specializing in business and student affairs.

In the healthcare industry, Ben was a lead talent manager for six years at Scripps Health, a top-ranked health system based in San Diego. At Scripps, Ben managed all staffing for a Level 1 trauma center, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and partnered on system-wide talent management initiatives. In addition, at UC San Diego, Ben partnered with the health system on several key business executive searches.

Ben brings a depth of hands-on industry experience in healthcare and higher education that translates into functional and efficient search solutions.

Ben can be reached at (541) 414-6660.

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