Holden Richardson LLC


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.

Our expert teams also work 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.


Our focus is on high-touch executive search from the CEO and board level down to a senior manager position and more. We’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. Our consultants combine their deep knowledge of recruiting with their expertise in the fields of automotive and industrial markets.


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



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 Thomas Dono chief legal officer Stoneridge

Holden Richardson Lands Chief Legal Officer for 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


Holden Richardson Recruits Thomas Dono Jr. as Chief Legal Officer of Stoneridge

NOVI, MI, January 8, 2018 – We are pleased to announce Thomas M. “Tom” Dono Jr. has joined Stoneridge, Inc. as Chief Legal Officer based in Novi, Michigan.  Stoneridge [NYSE: SRI] designs and manufactures highly engineered electrical and electronic components and systems for the global automotive and commercial vehicle sectors.  Tom is a native of

Holden Richardson Barrie Green as Vice President, Human Resources for Carlisle FoodService Products

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, December 11, 2017 – The Carlisle FoodService Products platform of Carlisle Companies, Inc., recently appointed Ms. Barrie Green as Vice President, Human Resources. Barrie joins Carlisle from Overhead Door where she served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Horton Automatics Division.  At Overhead, Barrie joined as an HR Manager, and

Robert Willig Joins Stoneridge, Inc. as President, Control Devices

NOVI, MI, November 1, 2017 – Stoneridge, Inc. [NYSE: SRI] is pleased to announce that Robert “Bob” Willig has joined the company as President, Control Devices.  Stoneridge designs and manufactures highly engineered electrical and electronic components and systems for the global automotive and commercial vehicle sectors. Bob is a Detroit native, and brings to the

Holden Richardson adds to lead Legal Practice Group

CHICAGO, IL,  October 15, 2017 – Holden Richardson adds Danielle Sanzi [Major, USMCR] to lead Legal Practice Group with a focus on in-house/general counsel, compliance, regulatory, and government/military contract positions. Danielle joined Holden Richardson in October 2017. She is a California native and graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she earned a

Neera Talbert Joins CDK Global Vice President, Product Management, Data & Analytics

AUSTIN, TX, October 9, 2017 – CDK Global announced today that Neera Talbert joined the company as Vice President, Product Management, Data & Analytics.  CDK Global [NASDAQ: CDK] is based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and provides software for automotive, truck, motorcycle, marine, and RV dealers around the world. Neera joins CDK from Microsoft Consulting Services