Oliver Schiltz


Office Location: Zurich

Phone: +41 44 4881313

Oliver Schiltz is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Zurich office and is a member of the global Life Sciences Practice and the Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs Practice. He is responsible for the Life Sciences Practice in Switzerland and for the Legal Practice in Switzerland and Germany.

Oliver brings 15 years experience working in the Life Sciences Industry and focuses on clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices sectors. He also works on senior general counsel & compliance roles across all industries.

He has a strong track record of placing senior management in the pharma & biotech sector globally. This includes having advised US biotech organizations on international expansion by helping build their European leadership teams at HQ and affiliates in advance of regulatory approval and product commercialisation.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Oliver was the director of the Swiss pharmaceutical practice of a UK-based niche executive search firm focusing on the life sciences sector. Previously, he was the head of life sciences of a large global recruitment company where he was responsible for building up the life sciences practice for Switzerland.

Before he began a career in executive search, Oliver spent several years in the pharmaceutical and legal industries, for the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London, and as a lawyer for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Oliver holds a LLB (Hons) degree in law from the University of London and an LLM from Columbia University in New York. He is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of French.