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Paul Esselman


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Paul Esselman is President of Cejka Search. He draws upon more than 25 years of results-oriented leadership experience within health care, to help board members and senior executives carefully define and secure the leadership talent organizations need to thrive in today’s transformative health care environment.

As President, Paul provides strategic oversight and operational direction for the Cejka Search team and is intimately involved in nurturing the firm’s many long-term client and talent relationships. Paul is also responsible for providing client consultation and search services focused on physician leaders and senior level executives, such as Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), Chief Innovation Officers (CIOs), and Chief Quality Officers (CQOs). Having specialized in the health care executive space for more than 20 years, Paul is recognized as a thought leader on health care talent management issues and leadership trends. He is astute at working with senior leadership teams to identify the unique operational, financial, strategic and cultural nuances of individual executive-level positions. This coupled with his tenacity regarding all aspects of the search process, including candidate sourcing, screening and negotiations, makes Paul a valued partner to the many health care organizations he has served.

Prior to joining Cejka Search, Paul successfully led sales and marketing and other transformative initiatives in the biotechnology industry for fifteen years. His managerial experience includes responsibility for profit and loss statements, operating budgets, multi-department strategic initiatives, and corporate restructuring. Paul leverages his diverse industry experience to help build high-performing teams at leading health care organizations, including hospitals and health systems, academic institutions, physician group practices, and managed care.

Paul earned a B.S. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is a member of MGMA, ACHE and HFMA. A recognized industry spokesperson, Paul is active on the speakers’ circuit and often quoted in media outlets, including Becker’s Hospital Review, Modern Healthcare and Physician Leaders.

Cejka Search is also a proud member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).