Carole Deffez


Carole Deffez is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Paris office and a member of the global Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. She focuses on CEO, C-level and non-executive recruitment and advisory work for the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, dermo-cosmetics, medical devices, MedTech and animal health industries.


Carole has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare with 20+ years in executive search. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Carole co-founded Way Wise, which provided tailored consulting on corporate leadership and governance. She spent many years at Leaders Trust and another global search firm. Carole began her career as head of the healthcare division of the Institute for International Research. Carole is certified in executive coaching and transactional analysis. She is a French native speaker and fluent in both English and Italian.


ESSEC Business School, Paris, Masters’ Degree in Marketing Management

University of Missouri-Columbia, US, English Program

IAE, Post-Graduate Degree in Business Administration

IEP, Toulouse, Master's Degree in Political Science


Top Management Recruitment Consultancy in Life Sciences, Carole and Heidrick & Struggles, Decideurs Magazine, 2020

Philanthropy and Service

Carole is a member of the board of Lysogene, a biotech company specialized in gene therapy with lead programs in neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorders that affect children.