Louis Besland


Office Location: London , Paris

Phone: +44 20 70754000

Louis Besland is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London and Paris offices and is a member of the Industrial Practice. He leads the chemicals and oil and gas sectors for Europe.

With more than 30 years of consulting and operational experience and an ability to drive change and deliver tangible results, Louis has built a strong reputation as a trusted advisor to corporate boards, management teams, government organizations, as well as private-equity firms in the areas of business transformation, operations improvement, change management, organization, and strategy. Louis is a seasoned professional and leader in the fields of oil & gas, chemicals, diversified industries, utilities and consulting.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Louis was managing director and co-head at AlixPartners, responsible for the European and Middle East energy, oil, gas, and chemicals practice.

Previously, Louis was partner at A.T. Kearney for 12 years in Europe and the Middle East, leading the firm’s energy practice. Prior to that, he was a partner at Gemini Consulting and PA Consulting group, respectively.  Louis has run his own company, ExpertConsultant, a consulting marketplace.

He began his career as a deck officer in the French Navy.


Louis earned a master’s degree in electrochemical engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.