Pieter Ligthart focuses on senior-level and Board search and advisory at the interface of the Consumer and Technology Sectors. Based in Amsterdam, Pieter has established himself as a trusted client partner to both national and international organizations. As a core member of the Board & CEO Advisory Partners Sector at Russell Reynolds Associates, Pieter recently facilitated the chair succession planning process for one of the largest European technology companies, as well as the chair succession for several large IPOs in consumer technology. He also has extensive experience conducting senior-level HR assignments. Before joining Russell Reynolds, Pieter worked in various leadership roles at Royal Ahold. As a human resources director, he was responsible for the international human resources delivery to Ahold’s headquarter employees across Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US. Earlier, he worked as a program director at the company, driving a significant cost-savings program through initiatives in information technology, purchasing and technology. He began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Co.
Pieter received his MSc in applied physics from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and his MBA from INSEAD in France. He is also an MMS certified coach.
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Pieter serves on the Netherlands Committee of Human Rights Watch and is a facilitator for the Foundation for Natural Leadership, taking leaders on Wilderness Leadership Programmes in Africa.