As Chief Growth and Transformation Officer, Michael Castleman plays a central role in ensuring that WittKieffer continues to lead the industry in delivering high quality and innovative executive search and leadership solutions to its clients. Based in South Florida, Michael leads the Interim Leadership and Life Sciences practices for the company and oversees growth strategy for the entire firm, as well as finance and accounting. He works with senior partners and practice leaders across all areas of WittKieffer to drive business development and commercial growth in support of the firm’s strategic vision.
Michael is a proven leader of business transformation, bringing to WittKieffer and its clients a unique blend of financial expertise, operational experience and growth orientation. Prior to joining WittKieffer, Michael founded Inference Strategic Advisors, a consulting firm focused on business strategy, transformation, M&A and financial excellence. Previously, he served as the CEO of CDI Corporation, a $750+ million staffing and professional services company focused on engineering and information technology. Additionally, Michael was President of the Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard business unit, responsible for market and product management of these iconic brands. Prior to moving into business leadership roles, Michael aspent more than a dozen years in alternative investing, which included co-founding Lehman Brothers’ venture capital business. Currently, he is a board director for MRI Network Holdings and an advisory board member of venture-backed boodleAI and of Wisdom Board.