Automotive & Mobility

Today’s economies are dramatically changing, triggered by development in emerging markets, the accelerated rise of new technologies, sustainability policies, and changing consumer preferences around ownership. Digitization and new business models have revolutionized other industries, and the automotive industry will be no exception. What does this mean for leadership talent and what can companies do to lead and win?

What We Do

Diverse mobility, electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving are the four major technology-driven trends in the automotive sector, reinforcing and accelerating one another in an industry that is experiencing rapid disruption. 

What exactly the automotive industry will look like in 20 or even in 10 years is unclear, with questions about consumer demands, achieving profitability with lower volumes and high technology investments, and dealing with legacy human - and capital resources. 

Business leaders only have a brief window of opportunity to reimagine their core operations. They need to make courageous decisions quickly, and to be right, to ensure their survival and success now and in the future. At August Leadership, we work with our clients to identify and develop the leaders who can make this a reality.

Our Expertise

  • Marketing & Communications (CMO/PR)
  • Technology, Strategy & Planning
  • Operations & Engineering (Production)
  • Digital 
  • Autonomous & Electric Vehicle Technologies 

Practice Team

Wim van Acker


With 25 years of recruiting experience, Wim has served automotive and diversified manufacturing clients for both publicly and privately held clients.

Lukas Beech


Lukas Beech is one of the most influential search consultants in Asia, with about 20 years of deep expertise, especially in the Korean market.

Michael Maeder


Michael has over 17 years’ experience in executive search.

Arne Adrian


Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury goods and media industries. Arne also leads a personnel diagnostics business, Scan Up AG.

Daanish Iqbal


As a highly accomplished relationship builder with a track record of excellence, Daanish has played a pivotal role in placing over 120 CEO and C-level executives.

James Gathercole 


James serves key clients in the industrial, consumer, technology and professional services sectors. He has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, consumer and healthcare businesses.

Kari Harteva


Kari bring his 42 years of business leadership experience to Executive Search.

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