Oliver Schiltz


Office Location: Zurich

Phone: +41 44 4881313

Oliver Schiltz is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' Zurich office. He is a member of the global Healthcare & Life Sciences practice focusing on senior-level searches across pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices technology, consumer health, and healthcare services.

He is responsible for the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice in Switzerland and the Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs Practice in Germany and Switzerland.  He is also a member of the global Communications Practice and an active member in the Supply Chain and Operations Practice with a focus on recruiting senior executives in EMA / FDA regulated sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical devices.

Oliver is also the leader of the Startups  Practice in Switzerland, and brings many years of experience in the startups world, mainly working with high technology, biotechnology and medical technology companies.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Oliver was the director of the Swiss pharmaceutical practice of a UK-based niche executive search firm focusing on the life sciences sector. Previously, he was the head of life sciences of a large global recruitment company where he was responsible for building up the life sciences practice for Switzerland.

Before he began a career in executive search, Oliver spent several years in the pharmaceutical and legal industries for the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) in London, and as a lawyer for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Oliver holds a LLB (Hons) degree in law from the University of London and an LLM from Columbia University in New York. He is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of French.