The Team

Meet the GenSearch Team

Sebastien Stoitzner


Sébastien founded GenSearch in 2010, after seven years as Europe Life Sciences Team Leader within a leading global executive search consultancy.

During this time, he actually recruited and assessed hundreds of executives for the Global Life Sciences/Healthcare market. He also participated in strategic Recruitment Process Outsourcing projects for the global or regional HR Departments of Life Science market leaders. He was also the consultancy’s key user of ACs (assessment centers) and developed an array of assessment tools, dedicated to specific healthcare market roles.

Sébastien graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Strasbourg (1996 – Physics Engineering School), with a specialization in biomedical engineering. After a few experiences within prestigious biology research centers (Institut Pasteur, Inserm, IRCAD), he began his career as a biomedical engineer in a French military hospital.

Following this experience, he joined companies dedicated to the maintenance and control of medical equipment: successively, CGEM (initially, the subsidiary of the first French Private Hospital Group, Générale de Santé, later acquired by GE Healthcare), and AMTECH Médical, as Sales and Tech manager.

After an experience as BU Manager at Alten, an engineering and IT consulting group, as recruitment became a major part of his role, he decided to focus on HR topics and joined a leading global executive search firm.

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We are senior consultants, researchers and executive coaches with a past career in Pharma, Biotech or Medtech organisations and a solid experience in executive search and organisational development.

Our team spirit, as well as a collective and cross-disciplinary approach to recruitment, ensures the best level of service to our clients.
With many nationalities represented, GenSearch offers a diverse and culturally sensitive approach, as well as multi-country search capabilities and local know-how.

Our team brings professionalism and efficiency to represent your operations when sourcing high-level executives or Board members, whether to attract, assess, or support them.

We are partners with Connect International, who add executive coaching and organisational and talent management services to our offering.

Stéphanie Blanc


Stéphanie joined GenSearch with 16 years of executive search experience; 12 years of which in recruiting executives across the Life Science industry …

Stéphanie joined Gensearch with 16 years of executive search experience; 12 years of which in recruiting executives across the Life Science industry with a particular focus on pharmaceutical, biotechnology and dermo-cosmetic companies.

She has a strong track record of middle-to-senior level search assignments working with both regional headquarters and local subsidiaries and across a large range of functions including Sales & Marketing, General Management, Business Development, Market Access, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Regulatory and Quality.

Prior to joining GenSearch, she was a Senior Associate with a global leading executive search firm and worked on international cross-border assignments for the life sciences sector.
Through her experience in the Executive Search industry, she has built a broad network of Senior Life Science executives in Europe.

Stéphanie is a graduate of Dauphine University in Paris.

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Heiko Bruhn


With a background in law, Heiko Bruhn has a passion for people and leverages his professional network by collaborating…

With a background in law, Heiko Bruhn has a passion for people and leverages his professional network by collaborating with colleagues’ across-borders and across business lines to deliver the best solutions for his clients.

Before joining GenSearch in 2017, Heiko was the Managing Director in Switzerland for a German-based Life Science Boutique firm. In addition to successfully establishing the Swiss branch, he advised life science companies on the appointment of senior executives in Switzerland, France, Benelux, Germany, and Spain.

Heiko Bruhn is an Attorney at Law. He graduated from the University of Freiburg / Breisgau with specialisation in Labour and Social Security Law. He joined Roche in Grenzach, Germany, as a Human Resources Manager in 1992. In 1994, he moved to Basel, Switzerland, to take on a wide range of roles within the group’s international human resources department. Heiko’s many years of experience supporting international fields such as commercial, clinical development, medical affairs means he has strong contacts within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. In his last position at Roche, he was Deputy Head of Human Resources Switzerland. Heiko is a qualified systemic coach.

He is a German native and is fluent in German and English.

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Corinne Durant

Organisational & Talent Development Services

In 2017, her company Connect International became a GenSearch partner for Coaching, Organizational & Talent Development services…

Connect International, a network of European based professionals, coaches executive leaders and help them develop pragmatic and meaningful strategies for success, strengthen their personal leadership and improve their ability to accompany and motivate their teams to achieve their goals.

Corinne has built innovative processes for companies who want to invest in managing and developing talent in their organizations. Her approach is distinguished by her deep understanding of corporate culture, how organizations work and transform, and how leaders succeed.

She graduated from the Weller International Business School & the Californian Institute of Entrepreneurial Management. She has a Master degree in European HR Management and has earned PCC-Professional Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and from International Mozaik and is a certified coach supervisor.

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Pauline Rambaud


Pauline joined GenSearch in 2011 as a Life Sciences specialist, after twenty successful years in this business sector.

With a background in biology, Pauline has a passion for the in-depth understanding of Life Science projects, with a view to provide actionable advice. She managed to transform this fundamental interest into a career in Human Resources, convinced as she is that the human factor is the key success factor to any Life Science challenge.

Before joining GenSearch, Pauline worked at Bionest Partners, a strategy and advisory consulting firm dedicated to the Life Sciences. She was involved in mergers and acquisitions, business development, market opportunities, as well as in strategy assignments focused on Innovation. Her clients were European and North American biotech and pharma companies, investment funds, … Prior to Bionest, Pauline worked for almost ten years in equity research in London (Nikko Securities) and Paris (Banque Paribas), as European analyst for the Healthcare and Cosmetics sector.

Pauline holds advanced degrees in Biology and Finance from the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris VI) and is a graduate from the Société Française d’Analyse Financière.

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Sharon Shields
Sharon Shields


Sharon spent over twelve years at within the Pharmaceutical industry before moving into global executive search where she has worked across the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medtech sectors …

Sharon spent over tweleve years,  within the Pharmaceutical industry before moving into global executive search where she has worked across the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medtech sectors, to support the successful appointment of senior leaders across C-Suite, General Management, Research & Development, Commercial, and Corporate Functions.

Whilst working for a number of the leading boutique Life Sciences search firms, she has gained significant strategic and operational management experience as Head of Research. She has a passion for the industry, and complex pan-European and international assignments.

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Alix Aubert


Alix joined GenSearch in 2016 after having spent 15 years the IT industry where  she was amongst other roles an International Field Marketing Director.

She also has experience working managing a European Marketing manager role within the telecom’s industry in London

Alix holds degrees from Oxford Brookes Unversity as well a the ESC La Rochelle.

Melanie Korte
Melanie Korte


Melanie joined GenSearch in 2017 with more than 17 years of experience in office management and administration in international companies in the industry and consultancy sector.

Melanie holds a diploma in translation, she speaks French, German, English, and Italian.

Iulia Sala
Iulia Sala


Iulia joined GenSearch in 2018, after more than fifteen years spent in the consulting,  associative, and  university cooperation sectors, in France and Romania.

She is passionate about identifying what triggers performance within companies and about the role of leaders in building great teams. She’s been analyzing these aspects through the management of diversity, as a diversity and gender balance expert, and she continues applying what she has learn as an international Research Associate with GenSearch.

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Caroline Marmouze


Caroline joined GenSearch after working at another leading executive search firm where she assisted the TMT and Energy teams. Previously, she held several positions as a project manager for a consulting company and in the construction field in London.

She is a University Paris Sorbonne  graduate and holds a BA from the University of Warwick.

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Thibault Vercoutere


Thibault joined GenSearch in early 2022.

Passionate about social sciences and human relations, he took advantage of his studies to do internships at the CNRS, in both private and public sectors.

Thibault is accustomed to international environments and graduated from IÉSEG School of Management in France and also attended both the Lebanese American University and the Salhausen Gymnasium in the Germany.

He is multilingual and a world traveller. Since joining GenSearch, Thibault has been working with experienced colleagues on a wide variety of global searches. He has adapted incredibly well to the ever-changing environment and has also built an impressive international network of life science executives.

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