Human Capital Solutions Joins Forces With Clear Concepts

August 10, 2016 – Executive search firm Human Capital Solutions, Inc. has acquired Clear Concepts, an international industrial and technology executive search firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For more than 20 years, Clear Concepts has provided executive search services for the aviation, aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics and technology sectors. The firm is led by president and chief executive officer Tom Cleary, who will join Human Capital Solutions as a managing director.

Mr. Cleary formed and led the firm’s aviation, aerospace, automotive and electronic manufacturing services and original design manufacturing practices. In this role, he focused on placing executives in engineering, operations, research & development, information technology, supply chain, and high level commercial roles along with key finance and human resource positions.

His clientele includes Fortune 100 organizations as well as smaller, fast-growing technology companies in both the commercial and government markets. These include aerospace / defense products, and consumer electronics (encompassing mechanical, electronic hardware, software / embedded S/W, plastic molded and metal assemblies).


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Mr. Cleary is accomplished in medical device, smart fabric for technology, autonomous systems and robotics for the automotive industry. His placements include all professional and executive functions within the manufacturing and corporate structure.

Early in his career, Mr. Cleary held several positions with aerospace machine shops as a machinist, CNC programmer and operations manager. He later moved into engineering and manufacturing management, gaining additional expertise in plastic molding and tooling for engineered polymers, machined metal components and electro-mechanical products in the aerospace and defense sector. This included assignments in New York, California and the U.K. Later, he was hired as a turnaround leader for an aerospace connector and relay manufacturer with facilities in New Jersey and Connecticut.

Mr. Cleary and Clear Concepts have operated in Raleigh, NC with regional hubs in Los Angeles, Portland and Long Island prior to moving its headquarters to Wilmington, NC in 2005.

“The combination of Human Capital Solutions and Clear Concepts represents a marriage between two of the industry’s preeminent executive search and professional recruiting firms,” said Bo Burch, CEO of Human Capital Solutions. “The strategic alignment of our firms brings together a more comprehensive, focused, and experienced organization that will deliver unmatched capabilities and further extend our brand globally.”

“Clear Concepts and Human Capital Solutions are both leading brands closely aligned in practice areas, markets and our overall strategic approach to working with clients,” said Mr. Cleary. “This collaboration will extend our collective capabilities, build on our shared strengths and create more opportunities with clients who will significantly benefit from our unique value proposition and combined expertise.”

Clear Concepts’ client roster includes many of the top aerospace / defense, automotive, and consumer electronics manufacturers including electromechanical and embedded software / hardware companies. Its clients, both national and international, are mainly Fortune 1000 with an emphasis on high-tech, and high-growth businesses. Human Capital Solutions, with a presence throughout the Americas, Canada and Europe, is a search provider focused on the life sciences, healthcare, the industrials and technology sectors.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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