Building excellent leadership teams in healthcare

Healthcare, Business Services
European presence:
Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux
Invested: 2011

A European leader in healthcare executive search

  • Deep understanding of Medical Device & Diagnostics, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
  • Working across strategically important geographic markets
  • Powerful international network of clients and candidates

The demand for leadership skills and senior management in the healthcare sector is outpacing supply. The global competition for the best talent is intensifying, and we are helping our clients to win.

Why we invested

New technologies, business models and funding requirements are driving rapid change in the healthcare sector, and global demand for senior talent is increasingly outpacing supply. We could see exciting potential for a specialist search consultancy focusing on high quality retained business across key European markets. BLG's co-founders, Thomas Lieb and Christian Maucher, were the ideal team to work with in this space, with their world-class reputation in healthcare executive search and talent management.

How we helped

We worked with the BLG team to create a business plan, positioning and branding. Our capital commitment enabled them to scale the business up quickly, build their team and establish a strong client base. We provided a full range of central services to support the company's continuously evolving needs, including expansion into new European markets. Breezeholme CEO Pim van de Riet joined BLG's board, providing leadership on strategy, finance and European expansion.

"At every stage of our development, Breezeholme has worked alongside us to drive the business forward. Their strategic and financial expertise, European network and strong sector knowledge have been key factors in our success."

The story so far

BLG has built a strong base of Healthcare clients, ranging from global corporations to mid-cap companies and start-ups. It has a particularly strong profile in Medical Device & Diagnostics, helped by its presence in Germany, a key market. Consistently profitable since launch, the development has been exceptionally successful. The company has a strong client base across key functional areas and countries. 

It has expanded organically beyond its home market in Germany, establishing offices in Switzerland and Austria. In January 2015, BLG acquired HealthyCareers, an executive search firm based in the strategically-important Benelux region. It is now also working with clients in France, Scandinavia, the UK, US and Asia. BLG aims to expand its European office network further and in the longer-term to develop a global reach.