Hilke De Smedt


consultant name

Hilke De Smedt Egon Zehnder, Amsterdam


Hilke De Smedt is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Technology & Communications and Financial Services practices, as well as a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s dedicated FinTech practice. She specializes in both executive and board search, and is also is very active in senior leadership assessment and development. She is based in Amsterdam.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Hilke was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners’ private equity business, based in London. Previously she worked in the Swiss and London offices of Partners Group, a global private markets asset manager. Hilke started her career as a Consulting Associate at Cambridge Associates, providing portfolio investment advice to some of the largest institutional investors in the world.

She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Mathematics from a leading US University, Dartmouth College.

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Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

consultant name

Hilke De Smedt Egon Zehnder, Amsterdam