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.  The team has substantial experience in new technologies including ADAS, automotive electrification, and energy storage and controls/software.

Holden Richardson has a demonstrated track record of working with large F500 companies as well as small venture backed companies at the opposite end of the spectrum.  The key is a high level of personal touch throughout the duration of each project.  As a boutique, we take on a limited number of assignments to assure our clients have access to competitor talent.

Through our FLIGHT offering, we help clients attract that next level of bench strength – Managers and Directors.  Since FLIGHT’s inception in 2016, we have completed more than 100 assignments for this hard to attract level of management in functions that include operations, plant management, supply chain, finance, engineering, and sales.  Through our partnership with TheCareerLifecycle, clients have access to candidate assessment and leadership and team coaching.

The Holden Richardson team brings together 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, New York, San Francico, and Detroit, the firm works globally to 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, VC-backed, 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.

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News Briefings

The Importance of Functional Talent in 2024

Communications and labor relations teams played critical roles in keeping employees safe and informed during the pandemic and during recent labor unrest. These senior executive teams also kept management’s message in the market during the recent labor negotiations, according to a recent report from Holden Richardson’s Beverley O’Connor. The report highlights why these two unplanned

Holden Richardson Recruits CFO for Unique Fabricating

According to recruiters, the pressure on chief financial officers during the pandemic has been significant: Rewriting corporate budgets seemingly daily; bargaining with banks over broken loan covenants; answering constant calls from investors and board directors; and, in extreme cases, figuring out how to make payroll. All while working with no colleagues around. Chicago, IL-headquartered executive

Unemployment Rate Dips to 3.5 Percent

Employers added 136,000 jobs last month as the U.S. unemployment rate declined to 3.5 percent, according to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The increase was below the 145,000 forecast by economists but close enough to signal a relatively stable and healthy jobs market. The September gain is the 108th consecutive month of job growth. The

Holden Richardson Expands Reach With New Addition

Holden Richardson, an executive search firm based in Chicago, IL, has expanded with the addition of Patrick Andress who will advise clients across the consumer products and services, durables, retail and omni-channel, and industrial goods verticals. Based in Chicago, Mr. Andress brings to the search firm deep experience in the consumer and financial officers sectors.

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