As leader of WittKieffer’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice, Philip Burton works to ensure that diversity-related practices are integrated into all that WittKieffer does, especially in serving clients in executive search and leadership consulting. Philip is a visionary leader who connects people, ideas and actions. His areas of expertise include business development, diversity recruiting, leadership development, DEI strategy, coaching and supplier diversity.
With close to 20 years of experience, Philip is a healthcare leader and business development consultant with extensive experience aligning talent management and organizational development. He has a passion for inclusion within the healthcare industry – specifically, executive leadership, entrepreneurs and the cultural competence of healthcare organizations. He has a comprehensive knowledge of healthcare as he has consulted on projects across the industry from integrated healthcare systems to pharmaceutical and medical device firms.
Previously, Philip was managing director at The Exeter Group, a healthcare-focused consulting firm. He helped transition the organization from a single focus on executive search to broader healthcare consulting to include organizational development with a DEI focus. Earlier in his career, Philip excelled as a pharmaceutical sales representative and account manager for medical devices companies, spending time with Abbott as well as Roche Diagnostics (specializing in diabetes care for both organizations). He also enjoyed stints in hospital administration for Riverside Medical Center and market development for Advocate Health Care.
Philip finds numerous ways to give back to the industries in which he works. He is a current Board member for the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and immediate past president of the Chicago-Midwest NAHSE Chapter. His additional associations and affiliations include American College of Health Executives (ACHE), Chicago Health Executive Forum (CHEF), where is the current Co-Chair for the DEI committee, National Association of Latino Health Executives (NALHE), AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) and Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.