Southerland entered the executive search field as a consultant for Witt/Kieffer, where he was a key figure in the establishment of the firm’s first regional office. As Regional Director, Southern Region, he developed the firm’s practice in the southeastern US. Mr. Southerland was promoted to Executive Vice President, Consulting with national responsibility for all firm search practices, including provider systems, information technology, higher education and managed care/insurance. As executive Vice President of Operations, he led the finance, marketing and human resources divisions.
As a Senior Partner with Korn/Ferry International, Southerland focused on conducting numerous high-profile CEO/COO searches for a wide range of healthcare systems around the country, including Texas Hospital Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Florida Hospital Association, BayCare Health System, Morton Plant Mease Health Care, Christiana Care Health System, Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin, VHA Texas, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, DFW Hospital Council, Covenant Health System, Ohio Hospital Association, Utah Hospital Association, Cooper Institute, and Intermountain Healthcare.
After a 30 year career with two of the largest search firms in the US, Southerland left Korn/Ferry to start Southerland Partners in 2014. The firm specializes in recruiting leaders for healthcare organizations.
Earlier in his career, Southerland was employed by Clarian Health System and Meridian Mutual Insurance in Indianapolis.
He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. He currently serves on the national board of Heroes on the Water.