Wolfgang Schmidt-Soelch


Office Location: Zurich

Phone: +41 44 4881313

Wolfgang Schmidt-Soelch is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Zurich office and a member of the Financial Services and CEO & Board of Directors practices. He specializes in search and consulting assignments for financial services clients across EMEA and globally, particularly at the c-suite and board level, with a focus on insurance, corporate & retail banking, wealth & asset management, and private equity.

Wolfgang has more than two decades of senior executive experience in insurance and banking in finance, human resources, and on the business side across three continents, as well as more than a decade of talent consulting, coaching, and executive search experience at other leading consulting firms.

Over the past 14 years, Wolfgang has worked closely with numerous clients helping to solve pressing talent issues. He has developed long-lasting close relationships with many of them and has conducted more than 200 executive search, assessment, coaching, and leadership development assignments for clients globally, across Europe, and locally, helping them to understand the talent universe and their options in an increasingly competitive talent market. Assignments included chairmen, chief executive officers, senior general management, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, chief risk officers, and other C-suite executives.

Wolfgang has also advised boards in governance issues, post-merger integration and CEO succession projects and coached and mentored executives throughout his entire career.

In addition to having served on executive boards of both Winterthur Group and Credit Suisse, Wolfgang has been a member of non-executive boards throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He is a past member of the executive committee of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the advisory board of the Swiss Institute for Executive and Non-Executive Directors.


Wolfgang earned a diploma in economics from the University of Cologne and a certificate for business coaching from the Munich Business School. He is fluent in German and English.