Thorsten Kocherscheidt


Office Location: Frankfurt

Phone: +49 69 6970020

Thorsten Kocherscheidt is principal in Heidrick & Struggles' Frankfurt office and co-leads the Insurance Practice across Europe and Africa. As a member of the global Financial Services, Investment Management, and Consumer Financial Services practices, he serves clients locally, regionally, and globally across the spectrum of life, general, health, reinsurance, and distribution. .

Thorsten has nearly 30 years of experience working in domestic and international financial services with deep knowledge of the insurance, investment management, and consumer finance markets in Europe and the Middle East. His professional expertise includes leadership and strategic management of multinational corporations, business development, ensuring sales excellence in performance and high-end quality management, as well as learning and development management. During the last decade, he served on numerous executive and supervisory boards.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Thorsten spent 18 years with Deutsche Bank in Germany, London, and Argentina, serving in a variety of senior roles across retail, private and corporate banking, asset management, credit risk, strategy, and sales. He then joined the executive board of Zurich Insurance Company in Germany as head of bank distribution and private banking solutions before becoming CEO of Middle East and Africa for its global life business. Most recently, he was a member of the Deutsche Postbank Group’s retail and private clients executive committee and head of branch sales.


Thorsten earned an executive MBA from London City University and is a graduate in business administration from University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart.