Recognized for her deep market knowledge and strong commitment to finding solutions for finance leadership challenges, Suzanne focuses on building diverse slates of candidates — in terms of gender, nationality and industry background — to find specific leadership skills at critical moments for businesses.

A former corporate finance and M&A consultant with an international career at a top-tier professional services firm, Suzanne van der Erve leads Spencer Stuart’s Amsterdam office. She also leads the Financial Officer Practice in the Netherlands and is a member of the Boards Practice, working with a wide range of multinational companies and small, entrepreneurial enterprises to strengthen their finance leadership.


Suzanne has specialized experience in:

  • Financial officers
  • Professional services consultants
  • Private equity
  • Group treasury
  • Global FP&A
  • Audit function
  • Divisional finance
  • Regional finance


Recent work

  • Leading more than 40 finance assignments per year across industries
  • Advising AEX-listed companies, private-equity portfolio companies and family-owned businesses
  • Assisting boards of listed companies and professional services firms in assessing their finance leadership
  • Building and maintaining a strong network of female leaders, and recruiting many first-time female finance executives

Previous Experience

  • A variety of roles across Europe, over a 15-year tenure, with a top-tier international professional services firm
  • Adviser on numerous mergers, acquisitions and private-equity transactions across a range of sectors


  • M.B.A. in business economics from Maastricht University
  • Completed studies at Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis

Practice Areas