Mateja Forstnaric


Mateja Forstnaric serves as an advisor in the Life Science Practice.

Mateja Forstnaric


Mateja specializes in recruiting for positions into life sciences, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, medtech, diagnostics, consumer healthcare and e-health companies and start-ups, on both an international and a local basis and across the full functional range.

Prior to joining DHR, Mateja worked at a variety of consulting firms, both in life sciences boutiques and large international executive search and talent management companies. Throughout her search career, Mateja has worked internationally, regionally and locally, focusing particularly on Europe and emerging markets, where she conducted numerous executive search, talent development and leadership advisory assignments. Establishing herself as a trusted advisor she successfully helped numerous clients with their talent needs, and built and developed their leadership teams to succeed in the markets.

Before entering the executive search field, Mateja spent 11 years in the executive leadership and development industry, with one of her last positions heading the Executive MBA Marketing, Sales and Admissions at one of the leading executive development institutions in the CEE, the IEDC. Earlier, she held a marketing position with DHL International and researching for several academic institutions. Mateja is a frequent speaker at various business events, conferences and roundtables on the topics of leadership, talent management and diversity.

Mateja holds an MBA and an MSc from IEDC-Bled School of Management and BSc of Economics from the University of Ljubljana. She has completed numerous educational programs from several other educational institutions including Yale University and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Besides her native Slovenian language, Mateja speaks English, German, Croatian and Serbian.

Life Science

Attracting the best senior leaders in today’s competitive life science industry is a sizable task that requires a strategic and tactical team-based approach. Our experience, amplified by our first-hand understanding of the life science market, provides a compelling value proposition in building long-term consultative relationships with clients.
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Consumer & Retail Executive Search

Consultants in DHR’s Consumer & Retail Practice have extensive experience providing executive search to a variety of consumer organizations. Our team brings to each engagement unsurpassed marketplace knowledge and insight relative to identifying, accessing, developing, assimilating and retaining top consumer talent.
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Human Resources

Our industry-leading HR executive search consultants believe culture drives performance and leadership drives culture. We see the Human Resources Officer as the primary leadership role model and “carrier” of your organization’s culture.
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