Carole Deffez


Office Location: Paris

Phone: +33 1 44341700

Carole Deffez is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Paris office and a member of the global Life Sciences Practice. Carole focuses on senior-level assignments within the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, dermo-cosmetics, medical devices, medical technology, and veterinary industries.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Carole co-founded a boutique consulting firm providing advisory services around corporate leadership and governance best practices, senior-level management coaching competencies, as well as senior-level executive search services.

Previously in her career, Carole created, led and successfully developed the life sciences practice of an international executive search firm. Formerly, she was responsible for the healthcare division of the Institute for International Research.

As former co-chairperson and a member of the French Chapter of Women’s Executive Board, Carole strives to address issues related to female corporate leadership involving CEO and board matters.


Carole has an undergraduate degree in political science and a post-graduate degree in business administration from IAE. She attended Columbia University before completing her masters’ degree in marketing management at ESSEC in Paris. Carole is also certified in executive coaching and transactional analysis. A French speaker, she is also fluent in Italian.