Marie-Hélène De Coster is the partner-in-charge and cluster leader of Heidrick & Struggles’ Benelux. She focuses on CEO, C-suite, and board assignments in the global Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. She also advises clients on board assignments including evaluations across industries.
With 20 years of executive search experience, Marie-Hélène was previously a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Brussels office from 2006 to 2012 and returned in 2016. Prior to rejoining the firm, she was a managing director at an executive search firm operating at the board, CEO, and C-suite levels and leading the global medical device practice.
Before her executive search career, Marie-Hélène worked for Dow Chemical for 14 years where she acquired a thorough understanding of global marketing and sales and asset management. She also led complex supply chain projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa involving major manufacturing units across the regions.
Marie-Hélène is a certified coach. She is co-founder of a Belgian network of clinics in specialized medicine and is a non-executive board member of Arceo Engineering.
Marie-Hélène graduated in applied foreign languages from the Université de Clermont-Ferrand, France and studied international comparative politics at Villanova University in the United States. She is fluent in Dutch, French, and English with basic command of Spanish.