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Charles W.B. Wardell, III

Senior Advisor and former Witt/Kieffer Chair and CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III is internationally regarded as a leader in the executive search industry. He has a deep appreciation for effective governance and executive leadership.

Charles joined Witt/Kieffer in June 2011 and served as CEO through June 2017. During his first year, the firm added five new practices. It experienced record growth in his six years as chief executive.

Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, his search career included 10 years at a major global search firm serving as chairman of emerging markets and senior advisor to the chief executive officer. BusinessWeek named Charles one of the world’s most influential search executives in 2008. He has received the prestigious Gardner W. Heidrick Award for contributions to the search industry, and has served as global chairman for the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

Early in his career, Charles was president of a well-known New York boutique search firm. He also previously held senior leadership roles at American Express, Travelers, MasterCard International and Citicorp.

Charles is a decorated combat veteran, having served with distinction in Vietnam. He began his civilian life in the White House — as deputy special assistant to Presidents Nixon and Ford and as deputy assistant Secretary of State appointed by President Ford.

Charles is a former board member of BritishAmerican Business, Cowen and Company, Turning Point, L.L.C., General Employment Enterprises, Inc., and Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, and a former senior advisor to Coller Capital, L.L.C.

A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, MA


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Charles W.B. Wardell, III
Senior Advisor
2015 Spring Road
Suite 510
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-990-1370
Fax: 630-990-1342
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