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 is Cofounder & Managing Partner of August Leadership in China and IOT ONE, a global IoT consulting practice.

Arne Adrian


Arne specializes in top management positions in trade, FMCG, luxury good and media industries. In addition to executive search Arne leads a personnel diagnostics business called Scan Up AG.

James Gathercole 


James has a keen interest in innovative, technology-enabled industrial, healthcare, and consumer businesses. Clients value his deep understanding of the essential leadership characteristics of Chinese executives who succeed in western organisations. 

Eva Shaw


Eva has over 23 years of global executive search experience in a variety of industry sectors particularly in the CEE region.

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