From the Greek, self-propelled motor vehicle
AutoKineto is the exclusive, multi-national automotive executive search collaboration bringing together highly successful search consulting offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. We leverage the automotive recruiting talents of highly successful international search teams, offering you the best in automotive recruiting.
Before entering into careers in executive search, many of our team members held high-level leadership roles on the manufacturing floor and in the front office. We've been in your shoes — we know your challenges, and we are ready to deliver candidates with the right skills to propel your organization forward.
Stefan Forsberg • Sweden & Nordic Countries
866-264-9094 ext 702 • +46 708-17-75-84
Stefan has been in the executive search field for 18+ years. His experience is based on heading international projects searching for executives within General Management, Sales, Marketing, Finance, and Supply Chain with focus on Northern Europe and Russia. Prior to his career in search, he worked in executive roles with companies in IT, automotive and airline industries. Stefan has a broad network of contacts, is customer focused and offers a solution-oriented approach. He attended the University of Stockholm and studied Business Administration.
Carlos Kingwergs • México & Latin America
866-264-9094 ext 710 • +52 (55) 8421-4826
Carlos brings 24 years of international Executive Search consulting experience. He focuses in assisting global companies to strengthen their operations in Mexico and LATAM, throughout searching and attracting local talented leaders for high-end and managerial positions as well as technical specialists. In 1994 he joined MRI Network, leading it as Country Manager in 1998. As founding member of Kingwergs & Associates, his automotive expertise targets organizations in the Component and Service Providers space. Prior his career in search, he held managerial and executive positions in operations, sales, IT and procurement for worldwide companies, earning a solid knowledge of macro-economic and trans-cultural trends within the region. Carlos holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering from La Salle University; also earned three minors: Finance, Business Administration (ITESM) and Psychoanalysis (E. Kant Institute) in Mexico.
John Malloy • North America
866-264-9094 ext 701 • +1 414-322-7891
John Malloy has 14 years of automotive executive search experience. John has worked with OEM suppliers to fill both leadership and technical positions, and he is well-versed in working with start-ups and expansions. As President of Sanford Rose Associates-Santee, an AutoKineto collaborator, John has had vast international experience working on deals in the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Mexico, China and Japan. Before moving to his role in search, he served as president for a Tier One manufacturer of precision engine components where led the start-up of manufacturing plants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin. He has held the positions of President, Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of Sales and Executive Vice President. John holds an Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Kathleen Truax • North America
866-264-9094 ext 704 • +1 803-269-2040
Kathleen has been working in the recruiting industry for 14 years. She specializes in accounting, finance, sales, information technology and supply chain. Prior to her role in recruiting, Kathleen held positions with Tier One suppliers in IT, human resources, accounting and supply chain. She has worked with companies in the US, Mexico, Australia and Malaysia. Kathleen studied accounting, information systems and economics at the University of Wisconsin.
Paul Feeney • North America
866-264-9094 ext 705 • +1 201-962-2122
Paul has over 25 years’ experience within Corporate and the Executive Search Industry. His background in search included working in London for 7 years, as well as in Prague for 3 years. While in Prague, Paul oversaw recruiting and search activities for Central Europe with PA Consulting Group. After returning back to where he was raised in Northern New Jersey, he worked within the Talent Acquisition for Merrill Lynch supporting their institutional sales, trading and operations before opening his office in January, 2002. His search experience within automotive has been in engineering, accounting and financial services areas for the USA, Europe and Australasia regions. He attended the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Michael Lee • China
866-264-9094 ext • +85 29588-8454
Michael is Managing Director of Asianet Consultants HK Ltd and Co-Founder of Talentworks International HK Ltd. He specializes in leadership search and strategic talent acquisition through his automotive industry practice, having served various Global Multinational firms in the Asian region. Originally from Korea, he has worked in USA, Korea & Hong Kong, having the ability to communicate in Cantonese, Korean & English. He holds a double major Degree in Business Administration in Marketing and Management of Organization from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to joining Asianet Consultants, he worked in a boutique executive search firm setting up the automotive division within the Asia Pacific Region.
Paul Binder • Hungary & Central Europe
866-264-9094 ext • +36 (1) 883-0338
Paul is an experienced Executive Searcher and ISO-Certified Business Coach. He established BINDER & Partners Executive Search and Advisory Ltd in Budapest, Hungary in 2006. The firm supports international companies in finding, attracting and retaining senior leaders and key professionals for their subsidiaries in Hungary and internationally. With more than 25 years of experience in the executive search field Paul completed a wide range of searches in the automotive, manufacturing and services sectors. Prior to becoming Partner in an international executive search firm in Hungary in 1994, he worked for an international banking firm in his hometown Vienna, Austria, and as Finance Director for an Austrian company with operations Budapest. He graduated from the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, earning a Masters and PhD degrees.
Fons Stoop • Germany & Western Europe
866-264-9094 ext • +49 (0) (89) 8092-9238
Fons brings more than 20 years of international industry experience working for world-class organizations, where he developed a passion for HR, processes, and innovation. Born and raised in the Netherlands, after earning his degree and having a successful career start, he moved to Munich in 1995. Has held various Sr roles as an International team manager, leading large collaborative teams giving him a rich experience in HR and people behavior. Being an experienced Lean Six Sigma and certified ITIL expert combined with a good feeling to put the right person on the right seat along with a global network, enables Fons to move fast and come up with excellent solutions. While leading an International Executive Search organization as Germany Country Manager, he was able to build up new business units, overseeing international sales, and carrying out business planning, practice development, leadership hiring, and team management. At that time, the well-known “Gemini Executive Search” brand was acquired which expanded and secured the company’s reach rapidly. Fons is fluent in English, German and Dutch.