About Us

Holden Richardson is a boutique executive recruiting firm focused on building leadership teams in the diversified industrial space, with a strong concentration in automotive, on-and off-highway, and specialty equipment OEMs and their Tier One and Tier Two supply base.

Its expert team works with technology and consumer products companies looking for state-of-art automotive experience to back-of-house operations including, purchasing and supply chain, engineering, manufacturing, and product development.

The firm’s focus is on high-touch executive search from the CEO and board level down to a senior manager position and more. They’re industry specialists across the automotive and diversified manufacturing sectors, filling positions for senior teams across general management, operations and engineering, as well as corporate staff roles such as finance, human resources, strategy, communications, and sales and marketing.

The Holden Richardson team brings together 50+ years of combined executive search experience grounded in firms such as Korn Ferry International, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart. Its consultants combine their deep knowledge of recruiting with their expertise in the fields of automotive and industrial markets.

With offices in Chicago and Detroit, the firm works globally and support a broad range of clients headquartered both in the U.S. and outside the U.S. Its clients include Fortune 500 enterprises, European-headquartered companies, and private equity and family-owned businesses.

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The Holden Richardson team brings together 50+ years of combined executive search experience grounded in firms such as Korn Ferry International, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart. Its consultants combine their deep knowledge of recruiting with their expertise in the fields of automotive and industrial markets.

Solutions And Expertise

At Holden Richardson, its expert team works with technology and consumer products companies looking for state-of-art automotive experience to back-of-house operations including, purchasing and supply chain, engineering, manufacturing, and product development.

The firm’s focus is on high-touch executive search from the CEO and board level down to a senior manager position and more. They’re industry specialists across the automotive and diversified manufacturing sectors, filling positions for senior teams across general management, operations and engineering, as well as corporate staff roles such as finance, human resources, strategy, communications, and sales and marketing.

Solutions
  • Data Analy./Mrkt. Intell.
  • Executive Search
Industries
  • Accounting/Audit
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Clean Tech./Sustain.
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Data & Analytics
  • Engineering & Archit.
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial
  • Industrial Products
  • Oil & Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Professional Services
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Retail
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Travel, Hosp. & Leisure
Functions
  • Business Development
  • CEO/President
  • Data/Analytics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • General Management
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Legal/Compliance
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Supply Chain

News Briefings

Holden Richardson Finds New Leader for Oerlikon Drive Systems, China
Holden Richardson Finds New Leader for Oerlikon Drive Systems, China

Holden Richardson, an executive search firm based in Winnetka, IL, has helped to place the new president and CEO of Oerlikon Drive Systems, China. Ken Wang brings to Oerlikon a background in engineering and operations, firsthand knowledge of gear design and production, lean engineering and manufacturing practices, experience working for Western employers, extensive knowledge of

Holden Richardson Lands Chief Legal Officer for Stoneridge
Holden Richardson Thomas Dono chief legal officer Stoneridge

Legal recruiting has largely been booming this year. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of attorneys is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is projected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all

Press Releases

Anthony Kehoe Joins Carlisle as Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, March 2018 – Foodservice products manufacturer, Carlisle, platform of The Jordan Company, recently appointed Mr. Anthony Kehoe as Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing.  Anthony joins Carlisle from Rexnord Corporation where he served as Vice President, Strategy & General Manager of Emerging Businesses. Prior to Rexnord, Kehoe was the Vice President & General Manager

David DeGraaf Joins Gill Industries as President and Chief Operating Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, April 2018 – We are pleased to announce David DeGraaf has joined Gill Industries as President and Chief Operating Officer. Dave joined Gill after serving as President and General Manager of Faurecia’s $2.6 billion OE and aftermarket exhaust business.  Dave joined Faurecia as the company was still integrating the exhaust business it acquired

Mr. Jeff Bennett joins Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as Senior Manager Electrical Engineering Software Factory

AUBURN HILLS, MI, March 2018 – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently appointed Mr. Jeff Bennett as Senior Manager, Electrical Engineering Software Factory.  Jeff joins FCA from Takata Corporation where he served as Director of North America Electronics.  At Takata Jeff led an engineering organization of over 200 across the U.S., Mexico, and China. Jeff previously served as

Mr. Rafael Barkas joins Magneti Marelli as General Manager, Electronics NAFTA

AUBURN HILLS, MI, March 2018 – Fiat subsidiary, Magneti Marelli, recently appointed Mr. Rafael Barkas as General Manager, Electronics Business Line for the North American region.  Rafael joins Magneti Marelli from Harman International where he served as Vice President, Global Operations. At Harman, Rafael led global operations for automotive audio with responsibility for manufacturing and quality

Don Vollmar Joins Manitou Group as Vice President, Engineering

WEST BEND, WI, March 2018 –Holden Richardson is pleased to announce Don Vollmar has joined Manitou Group as Vice President, Engineering. Don joins Manitou from CNH where he served first as Director, Tractor Product Line Engineering, and later as Senior Director, Precision Solutions & Telematics. Prior to CNH, Don had been with the Peterbilt Division of

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