WittKieffer Welcomes Michael Castleman as Chief Growth and Transformation Officer
WittKieffer has announced Michael Castleman as Chief Growth and Transformation Officer. Castleman is a proven leader of organizational transformation to achieve strategic, operational, and financial performance. In his role, he will lead the Interim and Life Sciences Practices and will oversee finance, accounting as well as the growth strategy for the entire firm.
Based in the Philadelphia area, Castleman will apply his deep experience in private and public equity markets as well as his demonstrated ability to build teams and align companies with key constituencies to deliver a unique blend of financial expertise, operational experience, and growth orientation for WittKieffer and its clients. He will work with Senior Partners across the firm to drive business development and commercial growth for WittKieffer’s strategic vision.
“Michael’s keen ability to assess and navigate complex situations as well as his comprehensive perspective and innovative thinking made him an ideal addition to our leadership team. He will be a key part of ensuring that WittKieffer is best poised for success today and the future to continue servicing our clients with the expertise and continuum in leadership services and executive recruiting they expect and rely upon,” said Andrew Chastain, president and CEO of WittKieffer.
Prior to joining WittKieffer’s leadership team, Castleman founded Inference Strategic Advisors, a consulting service company focused on business strategy, transformation, M&A and financial excellence. Prior, he served as the president and CEO of CDI Corporation, a staffing and professional services company focused on engineering and information technology that generated more than $750 million in revenue. Castleman also spent more than a dozen years in alternative investing, which included co-founding Lehman Brothers’ venture capital business before transitioning into financial, operational and business unit leadership positions.
Castleman holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Board Director for MRI Network Holdings.