About Us

From the Greek, self-propelled motor vehicle

AutoKineto is the exclusive, multi-national automotive executive search collaboration bringing together six highly successful recruitment offices. We leverage the automotive recruiting talents of the 10th largest U.S. search firm and the largest international search team, 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'll deliver candidates ready to propel your organization forward.

Victor Carulla • Spain & Southern Europe

Victor Carulla • Spain & Southern Europe 
ext 707 • +34 93-238-54-86

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Victor began his career in one of the top insurance companies in Spain as a Financial Controller. In 2000, he moved to the recruitment and executive search field, focusing in financial profiles. In 2010, he founded Headway Executive Search in Barcelona, Spain. From 2007 until today, he has been the automotive industry’s leading recruiter in Spain and Portugal for all local clients and has also specialized in searches coming from international partners (IESF). He has worked for top automotive firms as well as Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies. Victor has a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) from the EU Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the EU Business School in Montreux, Switzerland.

Stefan Frosberg

Stefan Forsberg • Sweden & Northern Europe 
ext 702 • +46 708-17-75-84

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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

Carlos Kingwergs • México & Latin America
866-264-9094 ext 710 • +52 (55) 8421-4826

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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 Autokineto

John Malloy • North America
866-264-9094 ext 701 • +1 414-322-7891

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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.

Achim Moraw

Achim Moraw • Germany & Central Europe 
ext 706 • +49-(0)711-95-46-54-0

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In 1995, Achim established TOPOS Personalberatung in Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2002, he has also been the Country Manager Germany for IESF (International Executive Search Federation), of which TOPOS Personalberatung was a founding member. Since 2004, Achim has directed the Automotive Practice Group. which is part of IESF. Achim focuses upon executing international search projects and filling management positions, technical executive positions and discipline specialists. He started working as an HR consultant in 1986, focusing on the manufacturing industry, especially the automotive sector and mechanical engineering. In addition to search and selection, he conducts psychometric assessments. Achim holds a psychology degree and a doctorate from Marburg University.

Kathleen Truax AutoKineto

Kathleen Truax • North America
ext 704 • +1 803-269-2040

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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 Autokineto

Paul Feeney • North America
ext 705 • +1 201-962-2122

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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.


Tom Manger • United Kingdom
ext 710 • +44 (0) 7966074833

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Tom has a substantial track record in retained executive board level executive search. Prior to joining Bailey Montagu Tom was a partner specialising in the automotive, aerospace, defence, manufacturing and process industries. He has enjoyed long term relationships with a number of organisations acting as a genuine partner to their boards in identifying appointing key individuals and delivering market intelligence projects. Tom’s clients have ranged from global organisations, FTSE Listed businesses, PE backed companies, SME’s and start-ups. He has appointed senior executives across all key functions and in a variety of locations including the US, South Africa, mainland Europe and the Middle East.