It was a pleasure to work with Ray & Berndtson. We had a couple of very senior positions to be filled, and we achieved a shortlist of good leaders in a short period of time. In addition, the discussions we had to convert the positions along with the options generated made the executive search and onboarding much easier. Ray & Berndtson's personal attention and dedication towards the assignment is greatly appreciated.

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Industry Practices

Transportation and Automotive


  • Airplane and defense equipment manufacturers & suppliers
  • Ship building and shipping equipment manufacturers & suppliers
  • Cars and auto ancillary manufacturers
  • Industrial truck, tractor, trailer, crane and other off-highway vehicles
  • OE and aftermarket suppliers

Globalization, modular manufacturing and just-in-time delivery, consolidation, and technology converge to mark the beginning of one of the most exciting, evolutionary eras in transportation and automotive history. In this time sensitive, competitive environment, Ray & Berndtson’s Transportation and Automotive Practice brings value to client companies around the world, identifying and attracting qualified executives with the drive to create ongoing change.

A large untapped potential offers new frontiers and an incredible opportunity for OEMs, suppliers, and manufacturers in aviation, autos, heavy duty trucks and construction equipment. However, only the nimble, creative, and courageous will survive, using technology to constantly increase speed of delivery, quickly develop new products, and streamline processes. Meeting these and more traditional business challenges, including labor relations, strategic alliances, and shareholder and Wall Street expectations, require specific skills, attributes and experience.

Transportation and Automotive – Representative Searches

As the global economy grows, so too does the need for efficient and effective means of transportation. There is an ever-growing need for better vehicles to enable organizations to deliver value to their customers faster, smarter and better. Clients rely on Ray & Berndtson's expertise to fill their critical senior positions for continued growth.

Recent "Transportation and Automotive Industry" assignments closed include:

Designation Assignments
Chief Executive Officer for a large aviation company in Holland
President & Managing Director-Europe for a large manufacturer of exterior trim parts for automobiles and light trucks
Managing Director
Marketing Manager
Manager Development
Head of R&D Body Work; Head of Marketing Communications for a major European automobile manufacturer
Managing Director for a systems partner to motor vehicle manufacturers in electronic information, control and fuel systems
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General Manager Board Member for a multinational producer of automotive products
General Manager Motorbike Division
General Manager Trucks Division;
Marketing Manager Motorbike Division
for a worldwide producer of vehicle tires and cables
General Manager Corporate Communications of an international luxury automobile manufacturer
General Managers (2) for a producer of car body products, convertible top systems and truck slide roofings
General Manager
Human Resources Manager
Controller for a leading international designer and producer of automotive interior and exterior trim components
General Manager Sales
General Manager Finance & Accounting
Public Relations Manager
Marketing Manager
Fleet Manager
Dealers Network Developer for an Asia-Pacific headquartered automobile manufacturer
Country Manager Argentina for a manufacturer of connectors and equipment for the automotive industry
Managing Director R&D for a South African motor vehicle components and accessories manufacturer
Executive Vice President-Europe
IT Manager-Europe
Director Treasury-Europe
for a leading global supplier of technologically-advanced automotive systems
Senior Vice President Finance for a manufacturer and OEM supplier of components for trucks and specialty vehicles
Vice President Finance
Vice President Sales
for a distributor of insulation parts and lining for the automotive industry
Chief Financial Officer for a producer of monitoring and navigation instruments for automobiles and commercial vehicles
Chief Financial Officer for the Brazilian truck division of one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers
Plant Manager
Manager Hourly Personnel & Labor for a European division
of a major U.S. automobile manufacturer
Plant Manager for one of the world's largest manufacturers of motor vehicles
General Director of Engineering for a major supplier of automotive components
Production Manager
Product Group Controller
for a global automotive parts manufacturer
Foundry Manufacturing Manager for a large alloy wheel manufacturer and distributor
Logistics Director for a leading manufacturer and distributor of heavy vehicles for agricultural, construction, forestry and public works
Finance Director for one of the top ten independent automotive suppliers in the world
Human Resources Director, Spain for a major European automobile manufacturer
European Human Resources Manager for a worldwide manufacturer of components, software, products and services for homes, buildings, industry, space and aviation
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