Frank Smeekes serves as DHR International’s Managing Partner, Europe, and as the Global Industrial Practice Leader. He is also a member of DHR International’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Smeekes clients are predominantly US Headquartered companies with investments in Europe, or alternatively European Companies with investments in the USA.
He specializes in senior-executive positions (CEO, COO, President) and board assignments internationally. His focus is predominantly in the Industrial space, with a specific expertise in Global Automotive and Diversified Manufacturing. Mr. Smeekes brings with him more than 20 years of international search experience and over 400 successful placements Globally (USA/Europe and Asia).
Prior to joining DHR, Mr. Smeekes was Managing Director at executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates. Earlier in his career he worked predominantly in Management Consulting focused on Industrial and Consumer markets globally.
Over the years Mr. Smeekes clients included: Dana, Cooper Standard, General Motors, Grainger, Johnson Controls, Lear, Lease-plan , NSK, Omron, Robert Bosch, Philips Electronics, ThyssenKrupp, Tesla, Volkswagen, ThyssenKrupp, Valspar, Idex, ITW. In addition Platinum Equity, Kleiner Perkins, Sun Capital, but also NGO’s like United Nations and The World-Bank.
Next to being responsible for Europe, Mr. Smeekes executes individual projects but predominantly leads global teams in order to execute noteworthy assignments like: CEO Cargolux, CEO of Tesla, CEO of Tata Automotive, CEO of Mark IV, CEO code 3, COO of the World Bank, Chief Institutional Integrity of the Worldbank, Board-member for Sheerwind Energy, Visteon, Board- member Lear.
Mr. Smeekes is native Dutch and fluent in English and German with a good understanding of French.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Business Administration.