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Hudson Hired for CFO Succession Planning and Start-up of a Benelux in-house Legal Department

Search & Selection of two young, yet experienced professionals with growth potential


Société Générale asked for our guidance on the future career evolution of their current CFO. In addition we were asked to search for the perfect candidate to lead the newly installed Legal department, covering both compliance and litigation, to serve Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. This department would operate under supervision of the EMEA Legal Counsel in the UK, and would need to align the needs of line management in the different countries.


We launched a Direct Search process to fill both positions. The search for the deputy CFO went perfectly according to plan; however, we encountered unexpected difficulties when looking for to the VP Legal position. The first candidate, working for a well known Belgian legal firm, accepted the job orally but then negotiated new conditions with his current employer. The second searched candidate, working for an international bank in Belgium, refused the offer after some tough negotiations. In our third search for a qualified professional we succeeded and found a French national working for a large bank in The Netherlands and willing to relocate to Brussels. In the end: a complicated success story.


In only a few months, the Deputy CFO has already proven to have the right skills to become CFO in the near future. The VP of Legal Benelux joined the company on September 1.

Client Testimonial

André Helfer, COO of Société Générale:

"We are fully happy with the result and the total implication of Hudson in this project. We have been convinced by Hudson that the selected candidates are able to comply with their position and to see this as a good challenge."

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Anticipate the career evolution of the current CFO and find another profile to handle multiple activities for three different countries, merging different expertise (Legal-Compliance) in different cultures.


We have been able to hire the perfect profiles for our client. The chosen candidates have the requested competencies and experience.

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