A Dutch citizen, Charles was born in Lebanon. He was educated at the International College in Beirut. He lives in France since 1974.

After graduating in law in Paris, he started out as in-house lawyer with a software company in the construction sector and then with a capital markets software company.

His career as a recruitment consultant started in 1990 at an Anglo-Saxon group where he became a partner.

In 1994, he created his own firm specializing in legal, tax and banking recruitment, first in Rotterdam and later in Paris.