Our story

Paccard-Balmat is an executive search and coaching firm specialising in the healthcare and luxury sectors. A subsidiary of Serendip , its story began with the inspiring story of the first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786.

On 8 August 1786, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel Paccard became the first men to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe (15,774 ft high). It was a feat of daring that brought together a crystal hunter (Balmat) and a doctor (Paccard), and thus the luxury and healthcare industries.

Celebrating their victory on the summit of this previously unconquered mountain, the men had earned their place in history as the first mountaineers.

Gaston Rébuffat would later describe them as « men who drove their bodies to the spot where their eyes once rested ».

And similarly to Paccard and Balmat’s ascent of Mont Blanc, our consultants’ advice acts as a support rope for executives working in the life sciences and luxury industries, as they guide them on towards the highest heights of professional accomplishment. They help managers assemble the teams that will allow them to forge their own path to success in Europe.

Like a group of mountaineers supporting each other as they climb, our consultants work with candidates and employers so that, together, they can reach the highest summits of success.

“A rope links these two individuals who now have but one life; for a few hours, the guide is strapped to an unfamiliar person who will become a friend, for when two men share the best and the worst, they are no longer strangers.”

Gaston Rébuffat