Get to know: Pedersen & Partners

With the column Get to know, we introduce companies on the Pivot Park campus to you. This time: Pedersen & Partners. Pedersen & Partners is a leading global Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Board Services firm Pedersculturally diverse and committed to Diversity & Inclusion. With close to 400 colleagues around the world, it is operating 54 wholly owned offices in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia & the Americas. Founded in 2001 by Poul Pedersen, Pedersen & Partners has applied the values Trust – Relationship – Professionalism to our interactions with clients and executives, as well as internally.

Pedersen & Partners combines global presence with local expertise and international industry expertice via its 12 practice groups. This is enabling us to provide up-to-date industry knowledge and a deep cross-country candidate network. Geographical expertise and cultural sensitivity enable us to provide real guidance across the markets we operate in.  Operating as an integrated firm with one single profit centre, provides us with the unique capability to work as one team across the global organization; and put the best team forward with industry, functional and geograhpical expertise.

Diversity is one of our hallmarks – and one of our international success factors. With 56 different nationalities, 70 different languages and a 33/67 ration of men/women, we are diverse from within. We understand diversity as bringing different ways of thinking, mentalities, experiences and specialised knowledge together through lively interaction. We are committed, both internally and externally, to sourcing, attracting, cultivating, promoting, and advising on the recruitment of execuitives who embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and represent the full spectrum of ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, beliefs, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

The Pedersen & Partners Life Sciences & Healthcare Practice has expert executive search consultants combine in-depth understanding of the industry and its trends with seasoned experience of high-level Executive Search.

Lydia van der Meulen and Jaap den Hartog both bring long end-to-end experience in executive search. drawing on an extensive track record gained in senior-level assignments across a broad range of leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Technology, and Biotechnology sectors, as well as in Animal Health. Always committed to delivering and supporting the client in finding and recruiting leadership talent, either locally in NL or internationals, Lydia and Jaap have been working for start-ups, mid-sized organisations and multinationals; publicly listed, privately held, and PE/VC-backed scale-ups.

Lydia van der Meulen studied International Management and Marketing. With a background in private banking and strategy consulting, she has completed numerous searches for C-level executive and management team for General Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Engineering as well as searches for Clinical, R&D leadership positions.

Jaap den Hartog holds an MSc in clinical and biochemistry from Utrecht University and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus. Over the course of his career, Mr. Den Hartog has completed numerous cross-border C-level, executive and management team assignments in Pharmacovigilance, Biostatistics, Commercial, Medical, Regulatory, Production, and Quality Affairs for both biotech start-ups as well as medium and large corporations. Additionally, as an executive coach, Jaap has supported many young entrepreneurs in launching their start-ups. Before entering Executive Search, he held several commercial and general management positions in the Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Instrument industries. 

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