Olivier S.E. Courtois

Director at Mercuri Urval

35+ Years of Experience

Executive & Top Teams Development

EMCC Accredited Senior Practioner Coach

International Footprint

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I am a people and business developer. I love to drive, shape, facilitate, promote, bring new ideas and methods, and create value for people, organisations and society.

I am well travelled. I have worked on the five continents and speak English and French. I also have a good command of Spanish and Dutch. 

My strengths according to Strength-Based leadership:

  • Activator - I make things happen,

  • Command -  I have presence, I can make decisions,

  • Communication - I can influence and inspire,

  • Strategic -  I see alternatives and patterns,

  • Futuristic - I have a vision of what things could be.

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Over the years, I have studied languages and economics, I am certified in several tools to understand and be equipped to support human, teams and systems improvements. 

I have had several roles: entrepreneur/startuper, consultant in organisational and people development, executive and team coach, facilitator, business developer, leader. 

Some of the organisations I worked for include Krauthammer International, Levi Strauss & Co, Management Centre of Europe, Center for Creative Leadership. 

In my former position, I was director of Korn Ferry Advisory Belgium/Luxembourg and senior partner in the CEO Succession Practice. 

Currently, I am a director at Mercuri Urval, with a focus on Executive, Top Teams and Leadership development, at international level. 



I work my clients across several sectors including Industrial, Lifesciences, Finace/Fintech, Technology/Telecom, Consumer Goods/Retail, Professional Services and (International) Public Organisations. 

I help my clients define the leadership framework they need to implement their strategy, assess their leadership capabilities, develop their leadership capabilities through talent acquisition and development.

I am an EMCC accredited coach (Senior Practitioner).

I also support my clients to empower their teams starting with the Top Team. To that purpose, I follow Peter Hawkins' approach of High Performance Teams development

to guide teams through a five-stage development process.

In the course of my career as an entrepreneur, speaker, facilitator, consultant, I have developed a vast network of clients, colleagues, partners. I have more than 1,000 hours of coaching experience. I deal with strategic and operational leadership questions for more than 1,500 hours per year. 

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Leadership framework definition
Succession planning


Leadership development
Executive coaching
Keynote speeches


Top team effectiveness
Collective intelligence
Offsite retreats


Detailed references available on request, confidentiality permitting.


The MD of a major Global Industrial group, one of the key executives of the global association (Geneva), with the next CEO of a major airline in the Middle East, with the COO of one of the major global aerospace companies, with the CEO of a global FMCG company, with the MP of an Investment Fund, with the GM of a German investment bank, an Operational leader transitioning from a global IT firm to a mid-cap, support coaching for an entrepreneur after bankruptcy, a Global Asset Manager in an Investment Fund.



C-level in real estate, Senior Executive in a Belgian bank, top management of LifeSciences company, top management of a Danish industrial group, a leadership team in a Turkish company.

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Strategic Account Executive leadership programme (global programme for global industrial player) in Europe, Asia, US and Latin America, High-Po development for major FMCG company in Europe, Middle East and China, LD of executives in a major French bank, High Potential development in a Consulting firm, on-line webinar for a major industrial group across four continents, webinars on the themes of resilience and remote motivation at a European institution, e-conference on leadership in times of crisis for a financial company, webinars on the themes of performance management and on-boarding for a financial group.

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A change project with the Executive Team of a Swiss Industrial group, the transformation of a business model in a Global FMCG group, change of a service industry after M&A, Facilitation of a process to facilitate collaboration between two business units in a paper industry.



See What My Clients Are Saying

Authentic testimonies but fictitious names to preserve anonimity

" I am the Managing Partner of an Private Equity firm. In the context of the growth of our group, I had the opportunity to be coached by Olivier over a 12-month period. Olivier also facilitated work sessions with my management team around our organisational model. In that context, he provided 360 feedback to all of us.

I particularly appreciated Olivier’s insights and his capacity to help me bring things into perspective and see them from a different angle.  He created a safe environment for me to open up and to develop my self-awareness. He also managed to have me translate my reflections into action steps and keep me accountable for them.

I would definitely recommend Olivier as a coach for his experience, insights and the trust environment he creates. "

M. D. (authentic testimony but fictitious name to preserve anonimity)

"I am a director for a global business unit working a chemical company. I manage a team of roughly 25 persons. I spent roughly 1 year being coached by Olivier in order to improve my management skills following a 360-feedback evaluation.

I would confirm that the meetings with Olivier proved to be most useful in developing my listening and management skills.

Certainly, my ability to tailor my management approach to fit both the individual profile and to fit the point at which the individual resides in their own career progression certainly has helped."

Q. F. (authentic testimony but fictitious name to preserve anonimity)

“I am the Group CEO of a major retail company.  Whilst transitioning from the role of COO to the Group CEO role, I had the opportunity to be coached by Olivier.

What I really appreciated with Olivier is his understanding of the challenges I faced in making this transition, working with me to appreciate and explore how to best understand and build a plan for a successful transition.

I would definitely recommend Olivier; he is an experienced and seasoned professional who is passionate about helping people reach their potential.”

S. B. (authentic testimony but fictitious name to preserve anonimity)

“My name is R. V., I am the COO of an airline in the Middle East. I was coached by Olivier to consolidate my position as COO and prepare for potential new career steps. We worked closely with the CEO and the CHRO and other key stakeholders. The whole journey was a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on what has made my success so far, but also on my potential derailers. Olivier has been able to inspire me or challenge me when needed to help me become a better version of myself. He was able to understand and decode our organisational culture, my own business principles and my personal values guided by my religion. It was a particularly useful exercise especially in the transformation context that our company is going through”

R. V. (authentic testimony but fictitious name to preserve anonimity)

"I benefitted from accelerated coaching (9 hours in 6 sessions) as part of a programme offered by the Brussels Chamber of Commerce to entrepreneurs. The programme included coaching offered by EMCC volunteers.

The coaching helped me a lot to clarify my beliefs and to work on my high values.

Olivier is an expert who knows how to put himself in your shoes! I was very impressed by how quickly he was able to figure me out!  The questions asked during the coaching were confronting and made me grow! Olivier is caring, is an active listener and knows how to move you forward. In short, he is a coach like I have rarely met: powerful and humble.

I would recommend Olivier without hesitation to anyone who needs a co-pilot to get to your destination ".

F. A. (authentic testimony but fictitious name to preserve anonimity)



DISC, MBTI I & II,  CCL Assessments, CCL Change Style Indicator, FIRO-B, Korn Ferry Leadership Architect, 360° Voices, Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential, Hogan, viaEdge (learning agility), Hay McBer Leadership Styles, Korn Ferry Executive To Leader Institute (ELI), Korn Ferry CEO succession practice, KSA TeamTelligent, Mercuri Urval Personality Inventory, Mercuri Urval Leadership Assessment, PersonalBusinessPlan.com, Accredited Senior Practioner Coach EMCC.



Je suis toujours heureux d'avoir une conversation sans ordre du jour. N'hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez envie de partager des idées ou si vous souhaitez obtenir des conseils sur votre carrière!  Olivier S.E. Courtois

Olivier S.E. Courtois -  Mercuri Urval
The Gradient, Avenue de Tervueren 270, 1150 Bruxelles - Belgique

+32 497 469 516

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