Marie-Helene De Coster


Office Location: Brussels , Amsterdam

Phone: +32 2 5420750

Marie-Hélène De Coster is partner in the Heidrick & Struggles’ Brussels Office. She is a member of the CEO & Board Practice and of the Healthcare and Life Science practice.

She has 17 years of experience in executive search and leadership development. She is involved in CEO and C-suite succession and board director search assignments, including board and management team evaluation initiatives. And Marie-Hélène serves clients in the global biopharma and medical devices industry.

She previously served as a Heidrick & Struggles partner in Brussels from 2006 to 2012 and returned in 2016. Prior to returning to the firm, she was a managing director at an executive search firm operating at board, CEO, and C-suite levels and leading the Global Medical Device practice.

Before her search career, Marie-Hélène worked for Dow Chemical for 14 years where she acquired a thorough understanding of global marketing and sales. She also led complex supply chain projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa involving major manufacturing and logistics units across the regions.

Marie-Hélène is an ICF Certified coach. She is also co-founder of a Belgian network of clinics in specialized medicine, and serves as a non-executive board member of Arceo Engineering.


Marie-Hélène graduated in applied foreign languages from Université de Clermont-Ferrand, France. She also studied international comparative politics at Villanova University in the United States.

Marie-Hélène is fluent in Dutch, French and English with basic command of Spanish.