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  • Christoph Leenknecht
    Partner
  • Jan Verstraeten
    Partner
  • Karolien Van Holder
    Partner
  • Martine Deblanc
    Office Manager
  • Christoph Leenknecht - Partner

    Christoph holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (UFSIA) and has completed a postgraduate specialisation in Board & Director Effectiveness at the Guberna Institute for Directors. He has been working for more than 20 years in strategic Human Resources consultancy. He started his career at Amelior, afterwards joined Schelstraete & Desmedt as a Senior Executive Search Consultant, and has been a Partner at Altior since 2007.

    With his HR and entrepreneurial background, he feels very much at home in a wide range of industries, including industry and automotive, logistics, life sciences, food and fast-moving consumer goods as well in areas such as retail, e-commerce and professional services. In addition to serving as a job matchmaker on C-level, Christoph also acts as a trusted, reliable and honest advisor to his many long-standing clients, putting his specialist knowledge and vast network to good use.

    You can contact Christoph by E-mail on christoph.leenknecht@altior.be.

    Jan Verstraeten - Partner

    Jan combines a Master’s Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (UFSIA Antwerp University)  with over 20 years  experience in Executive Search and Human Resources Consultancy.

    He started out at Schelstraete & Desmedt Executive Search, where he became Client Manager. In that function, he supported his clients in attracting and assessing key employees by means of Executive Search and management assessment assignments.

    After 13 years he joined MenT Associates, where he managed the Ghent office for 3 years as Branch Manager. He specialised further in Executive Search and management audits, and supported clients with the introduction of competence management.

    He has often acted as a guest lecturer and trainer in topics such as competence management, interview and selection techniques and general HR management themes. He has sat on various jury panels for top positions in the public sector. In 2011 he joined Altior Executive Search  where he has been a Partner since 2012. Jan’s main sector expertise is in industry, FMCG and the non-profit sector. He  has completed numerous assignments on C-level as well as searches for specialist roles.

    You can contact Jan by E-mail on jan.verstraeten@altior.be.

    Karolien Van Holder - Partner

    Karolien combines  a Master's degree in Communication Sciences at the KUL and an Executive Master in Management at Solvay Management School with more than 10 years’  experience in executive search. She started her career at Ebbinge & Company where she filled positions in the top segment of the labour market. After eight years, she moved to Korn Ferry/ Futurestep where her main focus was on the Benelux consumer and retail market.

    In 2016, she joined Altior Executive Search as Associate Partner. In 2017, she became Partner and manages  the Brussels office.

    Karolien has worked for strategy consultants, private equity firms and the professional services industry in general. She has also recruited executives for the consumer and industry sector.  She goes the extra mile for her clients and candidates and is commited to serving them at the highest level.

    You can contact Karolien by E-mail on karolien.vanholder@altior.be.

    Martine Deblanc - Office Manager

    Martine holds a Bachelor’s degree Geography, Sciences and Economics. She started as a Teacher but quickly made a switch to the industry having various Business Supporting roles in the industry as well as in the service sector.

    For 14 years Martine worked as Management Assistant being responsible for all the administrative flows, planning, payroll and accountancy.

    In 2001 she made a career switch to the HR sector joining GITP first as Assessment Center Coordinator and later as Office Manager of the Ghent Office.

    Since 2007 Martine is on board at Altior Executive Search as Office Manager supporting the Leadership Team in daily operations, being the first point of contact for our clients and candidates. Today Martine is responsible for all operations including facilities, payroll and accounting.

Christoph Leenknecht - Partner

Christoph holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (UFSIA) and has completed a postgraduate specialisation in Board & Director Effectiveness at the Guberna Institute for Directors. He has been working for more than 20 years in strategic Human Resources consultancy. He started his career at Amelior, afterwards joined Schelstraete & Desmedt as a Senior Executive Search Consultant, and has been a Partner at Altior since 2007.

With his HR and entrepreneurial background, he feels very much at home in a wide range of industries, including industry and automotive, logistics, life sciences, food and fast-moving consumer goods as well in areas such as retail, e-commerce and professional services. In addition to serving as a job matchmaker on C-level, Christoph also acts as a trusted, reliable and honest advisor to his many long-standing clients, putting his specialist knowledge and vast network to good use.

You can contact Christoph by E-mail on christoph.leenknecht@altior.be.

Jan Verstraeten - Partner

Jan combines a Master’s Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (UFSIA Antwerp University)  with over 20 years  experience in Executive Search and Human Resources Consultancy.

He started out at Schelstraete & Desmedt Executive Search, where he became Client Manager. In that function, he supported his clients in attracting and assessing key employees by means of Executive Search and management assessment assignments.

After 13 years he joined MenT Associates, where he managed the Ghent office for 3 years as Branch Manager. He specialised further in Executive Search and management audits, and supported clients with the introduction of competence management.

He has often acted as a guest lecturer and trainer in topics such as competence management, interview and selection techniques and general HR management themes. He has sat on various jury panels for top positions in the public sector. In 2011 he joined Altior Executive Search  where he has been a Partner since 2012. Jan’s main sector expertise is in industry, FMCG and the non-profit sector. He  has completed numerous assignments on C-level as well as searches for specialist roles.

You can contact Jan by E-mail on jan.verstraeten@altior.be.

Karolien Van Holder - Partner

Karolien combines  a Master's degree in Communication Sciences at the KUL and an Executive Master in Management at Solvay Management School with more than 10 years’  experience in executive search. She started her career at Ebbinge & Company where she filled positions in the top segment of the labour market. After eight years, she moved to Korn Ferry/ Futurestep where her main focus was on the Benelux consumer and retail market.

In 2016, she joined Altior Executive Search as Associate Partner. In 2017, she became Partner and manages  the Brussels office.

Karolien has worked for strategy consultants, private equity firms and the professional services industry in general. She has also recruited executives for the consumer and industry sector.  She goes the extra mile for her clients and candidates and is commited to serving them at the highest level.

You can contact Karolien by E-mail on karolien.vanholder@altior.be.

Martine Deblanc - Office Manager

Martine holds a Bachelor’s degree Geography, Sciences and Economics. She started as a Teacher but quickly made a switch to the industry having various Business Supporting roles in the industry as well as in the service sector.

For 14 years Martine worked as Management Assistant being responsible for all the administrative flows, planning, payroll and accountancy.

In 2001 she made a career switch to the HR sector joining GITP first as Assessment Center Coordinator and later as Office Manager of the Ghent Office.

Since 2007 Martine is on board at Altior Executive Search as Office Manager supporting the Leadership Team in daily operations, being the first point of contact for our clients and candidates. Today Martine is responsible for all operations including facilities, payroll and accounting.

Leadership team