Oliver Schiltz


Office Location: Zurich

Phone: +41 44 4881313

Oliver Schiltz is partner-in-charge of Heidrick & Struggles' Zurich office and member of the European leadership team. He is a member of the global Healthcare & Life Sciences and CEO & Board of Directors practices focusing on senior level searches across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices technology.

With more than 15 years in executive search and leadership consulting, Oliver works with a diverse client base including Fortune 500, small- and medium-sized public and private companies, as well as private equity- and venture-backed companies. He is also a member of the global Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs Practice. In this role, Oliver works on senior general counsel and compliance roles across all industries. He is also the practice leader for startups in Switzerland and has many years of experience in the startup world, mainly working with high-tech, biotech, and med-tech companies.

Oliver has years of experience placing senior management in the biotech and medical devices sectors globally. This includes having advised multiple US biotech and medical devices organizations on international expansion by helping build their European leadership teams at HQ and affiliate level in advance of regulatory approval and product commercialization.

Prior to his career in executive search, Oliver spent several years in the pharmaceutical and legal industries for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and as a lawyer for the US law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Oliver completed the Executive Master in Change (EMC) programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleu. He earned an LLM from the Columbia University in New York and an LLB degree, with honors, from the University of London. He is currently enrolled in the International Director Program (IDP) at INSEAD. Oliver is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of French.