Carole Deffez


Office Location: Paris

Phone: +33 1 44341700

Carole Deffez is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Paris office and a member of the global Life Sciences Practice. Carole focuses on C-suite, CEO, and board assignments within the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, dermo-cosmetics, medical devices, medical technology and veterinary industries.

Prior to rejoining Heidrick & Struggles, Carole co-founded a boutique consulting firm providing advisory services around corporate governance related to CEOs and boards, coaching competencies, as well as senior level executive search services.

Previously in her career, Carole created, led, and successfully developed the life sciences practice of an international search firm. Formerly she was responsible for the healthcare division of the Institute for International Research.

As former co-Chairperson and a member of the French Chapter of Women’s Executive Board, Carole is keen on addressing issues related to female corporate leadership involving CEO and board matters.

Carole is certified in executive coaching and transactional analysis. A French speaker, she is fluent in English and Italian.


Carole holds a post-graduate degree in business administration and an undergraduate degree in political science from IAE. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia before completing her masters’ degree in marketing management at ESSEC in Paris.