We recruit at the pulse of your industry
Being close to the market means having a deep understanding of your industry. This is what we focus on, ensuring that we identify the best talent from 18 different industries who will make the difference for your company.
Automotive & Mobility
The automotive industry is changing. Consumer habits are changing rapidly, environmental regulations are becoming ever-more stringent, and breakthrough technologies from BEVs to AI-driven autonomous vehicles are on the rise. Data is the new currency. Retailers, too, must manage unprecedented change processes – from direct sales to digitization of the customer journey. Completely new business models are emerging, such as new sharing and subscription models. This transformation process is pushing many incumbents to reinvent themselves to compete. Keep pace by hiring the executives who have the much-needed cross-functional expertise, who can implement this change, and who can safely implement agile new collaboration models in your company, for example.
Chemical & Process Industries
After years of predictable growth, conditions in the chemical and process industries have changed rapidly. But despite slowing growth in China, soaring energy prices and uncertain raw material availability, the industry has enormous potential for success. To leverage it, you need leaders who can master the interplay of supply chains, business processes, marketing and sales, and skillfully combine them with digital innovations. We are here to support you in winning them over.
Consumer Goods & Lifestyle Goods
The most important challenge facing the Consumer & Lifestyle Goods industry is branding. Customers have long been interested in more than just quality, they take it for granted. Attitude, personality and the creativity to anticipate customer needs before they arise are crucial here. With us, you will find leaders to position your brand in a contemporary and future-oriented way.
The construction and real estate sector is one of the most resource-intensive and technologically challenging industries. For a long time now, executives have not only had to be good managers who complete a project “on time and on budget”. They need to know the market and technologies, attract the right specialists and use their leadership talent to master ever-challenging projects. We help you find them.
Digital & Data
The digital transformation is in full swing, data is at the heart of all relevant business processes, and companies that do not act in time risk losing their connection and thus their competitiveness. First-class executives who can bring about disruptive change with their digital and technology expertise are in high demand, but are often only to be found outside the industry or their own networks – and are hard to come by. We give you cross-industry access.
Energy / Energy Transition
The energy and utilities sector is currently undergoing epochal change: Political and environmental factors, as well as cutting-edge technologies, are transforming the industry. To stay ahead of these developments, companies need to combine strategic insights with innovative ideas – the perfect challenge for visionary leaders. Find these creative minds with us, as consultants at your side.
In view of accelerated digitization, new regulatory projects and declining margins on the one hand, and changing customer needs toward increasingly flexible, tailored products on the other, the banking sector is facing a turning point. Managers who can modernize the corporate culture, develop innovative and credible products, and create more operational efficiency and customer proximity with contemporary means are in demand. With us, you will find them.
German industry and its companies are traditionally among the most competitive suppliers in the world. Topics such as Industry 4.0, connected mobility or the Internet of Things are no longer dreams of the future, but have arrived in companies. They are changing business models, but also organizational structure and culture. Flat hierarchies, agility, customer-centricity and diversity are shaping the climate and require the appropriate managers.
The logistics industry has digitized faster than almost any other sector. Mobile, smart and autonomous solutions such as self-driving shuttles have become reality. Global networking is becoming ever more central, and mastering supply chains ever more complex. The pandemic exacerbated this trend, massively increasing the demand for ever more efficient, high-tech business processes. Serving it requires leaders who bring together digital technologies with creative mobility tactics to create the solutions of tomorrow.
Machine Building & Plant Engineering
For companies in mechanical and plant engineering and manufacturing technology, the advent of Industry 4.0 and IoT opens up sustainable growth opportunities. However, many companies are still struggling with the true meaning of digitization. Adapting to a connected world requires more than just new technologies. It also requires new business models, more modern organizational structures and leadership talent to drive these changes.
Media & Entertainment
Hardly any other industry is more affected by digitization than Media & Entertainment. In today’s attention economy, consumers are becoming content creators, competing with established media companies. Accordingly, executives who can develop content that stands out in an environment of oversupply and changing media usage are in high demand. It is these agile, collaborative and empathetic “out-of-the-box thinkers” who are in demand more than ever before.
Pharma, Healthcare & Life Sciences
The pandemic has made the acute shortage of managers in the pharma, healthcare & life sciences sector obvious. In addition to nursing and medicine, this also affects management positions, as well as research, development and production. We help organizations – from university hospitals to private practices – hire executives and senior physicians who will help them successfully navigate this time of change.
In today’s highly competitive market, private equity firms need strong leaders if they are to continue to build the value of their investments. Growth and restructuring skills alone are not enough in the face of increasingly complex challenges. Our consultants know what is important when making appointments in this area: leadership skills, intellectual capital and implementation strength. They themselves are familiar with the challenges of investment management and know exactly how to recruit the right top-level executives.
Our proximity to the service sector means that we know when mergers or acquisitions are imminent, new products or services are being developed, or industry-defining developments are emerging. Thanks to these deep insights into challenges, corporate cultures and leadership styles, we are able to identify potential candidates who are perfect for the position in question.
Retail & E-Commerce, Marketplaces
Hardly any other industry is as dynamic, technology-driven and customer-oriented as retail. Disruption is becoming the order of the day. In the wake of the pandemic, highly data-driven e-commerce has arrived in the middle of society. At the same time, uncertain supply chains are impacting availability and price stability, which is why managers are needed who combine profound expertise with innovative strength and a pragmatic approach to solutions.
Technology & Transformation
Metaverse … Blockchain … Generative AI … Cybersecurity … Web 3.0 – the technology sector is evolving at breakneck speed. Leaders with entrepreneurial spirit and strong technical skills are not enough in this dynamic world. What is needed are leaders who are capable of change and transformation. Agility is more important than experience, diversity more important than homogeneity. Winning these personalities requires more than industry expertise; it takes a deep network, the power of persuasion when approaching people, and an eye for the finer points of matchmaking.
Today’s telecommunications sector is characterized by growing customer expectations, new competitors entering the market, and increasing regulatory requirements that add complexity and hinder differentiation opportunities. To survive in this highly competitive environment, capable executives with industry knowledge, foresight and management expertise are needed.
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I would like to acknowledge the high level of service that LEADER SELECTION has provided during our cooperation. LEADER SELECTION has been able to keep up with our demands, and has placed our CFO in an extremely effective manner. They showed a great understanding of our technology and business and thoroughly researched both our products and potential candidates prior to making introductions. We have been very satisfied with the quality of the candidates and the necessary discretion related to this search. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the team of LEADER SELECTION again, should the opportunity arise.
Since 2004 I have been working with Elmar Stenglein of LEADER SELECTION on six mandates so far. With Elmar’s help I have been able to hire six top executives (three CEOs, two COOs and one CFO). It turned out very quickly that Elmar does not only maintain a very powerful and detailed database but – more importantly – has a pronounced sensitivity to what type of manager with which background and experience is qualified to meet the individual requirements of the position. I will continue to work with Elmar in the future and I can honestly recommend his service.
Personally, I have known Elmar Stenglein – founder and managing partner of LEADER SELECTION – for more than five years. When I contacted Elmar Stenglein asking him for potential candidates (I was searching for two new members of the Managing Board of Directors – both CEO and CFO), he personally took his time to learn first of all about the company and to understand the business model. With the support of Elmar Stenglein we saw a wide range of well-screened and highly capable candidates in terms of profession and personality. The match for each position was not only very good compared to our requirements, but also with regard to the personal spirit of cooperation between the new CEO and CFO and the placement as a new performing team. I am pleased to recommend Elmar Stenglein and his company LEADER SELECTION as professional and trustful partners for management executive search, providing the highest level of professionalism.
I have known Dr. Hilmar Döring for many years. He understands from many years of personal experience what kind of leaders are successful in medium-sized businesses. He knows the special features of family businesses and can quickly get to grips with their specific economic, technological and personnel challenges. On this basis, he and his team quickly presented us with very well-suited candidates, both professionally and culturally, for a key area manager position in our company. His moderating advice during the final selection process was also very valuable. Through his close and appreciative contact with the candidates, he was able to maintain their interest even over a lengthy selection process and help us to win over the final selected person.
Philipp Waldmann is a reliable person, hands on and open minded with a strong market knowledge esp. in the Automotive/ Mobility segment. With more than 30 years of experience in international leadership roles in the mobility space he speaks the language of the industry and understands immediately what is needed for a “perfect fit” placement. With his “Digital-Background” he is also a competent partner if it comes to Transformation/ Digitalization topics. He is always up to the point extremely fast and – most important – he delivers! I have engaged Philipp and his team on several assignments on top level – also in Asia and the US – and I have always enjoyed working with him. He was able to solve even most complex searches with very demanding requirements.
We have had the privilege of working with Dr. Matthias Quadflieg for a placement of the position Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Matthias brings along that brought expertise in private equity and also a deep understanding of operational management. He is experienced in restructuring and growth processes and knows the complexities involved in change management and transformation which was a precondition for us. With his structured way of working, his empathy and positive attitude Matthias made it easy for us to trust and rely on a quick and seamless recruitment process. His calm and professional working attitude gave us peace of mind at any time. The candidate we chose due to his recommendation not only meets the qualifications and experience profile we needed, but in addition perfectly fits with our company culture. In just a short time, this new addition to the executive team has already made a significant impact on our sales and marketing approach. Overall, we got to know Matthias as an exceptional experienced and reliable business partner with a good spirit and open mind. Any time, we would highly recommend to working with him.
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