Damien Jelsch

Faculty PictureDamien’s expertise in Leadership and Finance has been built over a 29-year career in key Finance and General Management roles in an international, multicultural and multilingual environment. He also has a strong experience in Project Management. His leadership capabilities allowed him to gain a valuable experience in turnaround, restructuring and change management in companies owed by private equity or venture capital companies. In addition, Damien is accustomed to working efficiently in matrix or cross functional organisations.

Professional background

Since 2010, Damien has been providing global consultancy services.
Previously, Damien was Chief Financial Officer at Harlan Laboratories. He implemented new accounting and controlling methods according to international standards. He also led the due diligence process as the Harlan Group was acquired by GENSTAR (private equity)
Damien served on the steering committee that implemented JDE, an Enterprise Resource Planning tool across Harlan’s operations around the world.
He held operational responsibility for subsidiaries in Spain and India.
He was appointed General Manager Switzerland, Germany, Spain and member of the CRS Division Management Committee. He had the overall responsibility for three legal entities and five sites with nearly 900 employees.
He played a crucial role in the global pricing steering committee.
Prior to joining Harlan, Damien held senior management positions as Manager Financial Controls, CFO, Deputy General Manager and General Manager in companies across several industries (construction, energy, telecommunications, life sciences), based mainly in France and Switzerland. He developed strong expertise in Finance, Support Functions, and Project Management. In parallel, he developed his leadership capabilities and moved progressively to General Management positions.

Education and qualifications

Damien holds a Master and higher degree in accounting & controlling from the University of Haute Alsace (France). He is an Instructional Designer (Addie Model).


Damien is French and conducts his workshops in English, French, German and Spanish.