International Executive Recruitment Partners with APA Search on International Executive Recruitment Services

To help automotive companies based in North America, as well as help foreign companies hire top international executive talent in North America, we have launched our Partnership with APA Search Inc.
View press release here.

APA Search is a Retained Executive Search for the Global Automotive and Transportation-related Industries since 1988

Between 1988 to 2020, APA Search interviewed more than 50,000 automotive industry executives and placed over 3,000 of them in companies ranging in size from $2 million to $60 billion.  

Important information on this page

  • The APA Search Process
  • Experience to date
  • Executive Search – The Science of Executive Search
  • APA Search provides the only performance guarantee
  • What Clients say about APA Search
  • Thought Leadership content below
  • Career Opportunities: Visit current Executive Openings here
  • Download white papers, reports and case studies, visit here
  • About APA Search
  • Questions? Comments? Complete Info Request Form below

Thought Leadership

The APA Search Process

Although networking, data mining and highly advanced Internet search procedures are part of our process, these methods only supplement our pro-active, direct recruiting activities. The overwhelming majority of the candidates we’ve placed were “not looking” when we first contacted them.

We provide an entire “turnkey” service, including:

  • Needs analysis
  • Written position profile/job description
  • Identification of desired candidate attributes
  • Compensation parameters
  • Search strategy and execution
  • Reference/background checking

Our relationships are continuously strengthened through:

From start to finish, we maintain close contact with you at all times. As partners, regular communication is critical as we execute each phase of the search process.

Viewing your organization from an outside perspective allows us to objectively offer counsel that may not be readily apparent internally. Our knowledge of “best practices” across multiple industries allows us to advise clients about improving procedures, standards, culture and more.

Being objective, we are adept at recognizing problems with the search criteria early on in the process, and in most cases in our initial discussions about the assignment. Once we do identify that one or more of your criteria may be unrealistic and/or is not aligned with the market, we will work with you to determine where changes need to be made or specifications adjusted.

Our management and research teams all have solid academic credentials in addition to decades of combined work experience in the industries we serve and in the science of executive search. Our years of experience have enabled us to build an extensive contact/referral network and database.

Our search strategies and execution are always unique and innovative. We don’t only rely on the most likely sources to surface candidates. Our approach often takes us into alternative industries/companies to find the ideal candidate.

Hiring the right person is a very critical decision. We care about the well-being of those we work with and all of our relationships are bred for the long-term.

We Know our Clients.
We get to know all of our clients intimately and visit with each new client at our own expense. We take the time to learn about all of the unique dynamics that go into making good hiring decisions to ensure the candidate’s overall fit with the organization. Our clients value our many years of search experience and industry-specific knowledge. They also appreciate that we sincerely care about their well-being, and function as an extension of their executive staff. This quality and commitment of our work goes hand in hand with our uncompromised integrity and discretion.

Experience to date

Between 1988 to 2020, APA Search interviewed more than 50,000 automotive industry executives and placed over 3,000 of them in companies ranging in size from $2 million to $60 billion.

In the past two years, APA Search has placed:

  • 12 C-Suite Executives
  • 6 Presidents
  • 19 Vice Presidents
  • 29 Private Equity Executives

Executive Search – The Science of Executive Search

  1. Discovery and Needs Analysis
  2. Customized Search Strategy
  3. In-Depth Screening
  4. Guaranteed Results

30-Step Process: Our comprehensive process produces a solid field of highly-qualified candidates.

Network: Our 30 years in business gives us an unparalleled network of contacts that provide insight into passive candidates, industry information and intelligence.

Performance: According to our clients, the majority of our placements outperform their expectations.

Partners: We work closely with our clients, functioning as an extension of their executive team.

APA Search provides the only performance guarantee

  • At APA Search, we own the outcome. We are so confident in the quality of our work, we guarantee the performance of our placed candidates for one full year
  • If they don’t meet your expectations during the first year, we will replace the candidate at our expense
  • This is our promise to you, with over 30 years of successful placements behind our guarantee

What Clients say about APA Search

“APA Search is relentless, involved and extremely thorough. We couldn’t be happier with the relationship, so much so that our PE owners invited them to have APA work with them on some of their other portfolio companies.”
Darcy Curran, President / CEO – Highline Aftermarket, LLC

“APA Search helped us staff more than 10 positions in all facets of our business, from sales management to IT to executive and financial. The folks at APA Search are relentless about the work they do, but they hold themselves to an impeccably high standard of conduct.”
Steven Smith, President / CEO – GCommerce, INC.

“We have used APA Search for the past 20 years and plan to do so for another 20.”
Steven Berman, Chairman of the Board – Dorman Products

Current Career Opportunities

  • Vice President of Sales (Tri-State Area – US) posted Feb. 3 – visit here
  • National Sales Manager (home-based) posted Feb. 3 – visit here
  • Dir., Business Development (home-based) posted Feb. 3 – visit here
  • Chief Financial Officer (California) posted Jan. 29 – visit here
  • VP of Operations (Midwest US) posted Jan. 7 – visit here
  • Sr. Director Operations (Northeast US) posted Jan. 7 – visit here
  • Director Production Planning (Southeast US) posted Jan. 7 – visit here
  • Industrial Engineer (Southeast US) posted Jan. 7 – visit here
  • Vice President Sales (New Jersey, US) posted Oct. 15 – visit here

About our Partner APA Search

Founded in 1988, APA Search is widely recognized as the leading retained executive search firm, specializing in the global automotive and transportation-related industries.

APA’s automotive network is unparalleled. Collectively, our team has interviewed over 50,000 Aftermarket and OE professionals. APA executives attend every relevant trade show and maintain personal relationships that would only be found in a smaller, boutique search practice.

APA’s automotive industry clients include many of the leading aftermarket, OE and specialty product manufacturers and distributors. Non-automotive clients are varied and include venture capital and investment firms seeking exceptional management candidates for their diverse holdings.

APA is proud of the reputation the Company has earned with its clients for successfully performing high quality, efficient search assignments. APA candidates tell the Company that they appreciate the discretion, professionalism and personal approach.

APA’s objective has always been to cultivate long-term relationships by keeping everyone’s best interests at heart. APA is committed to maintaining the highest level of ethical conduct in serving our clients and candidates, and in our overall business practices.

APA Beginnings
APA Search was founded in 1988 by Howard Kesten, President.

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