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Stephan Engelke

Partner Executive Recruiting

About Stephan

Stephan is a senior advisor and international management executive with more than 25 years’ experience leading major organizations in Germany, Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and generating sustainable sales growth and EBIT in the global automotive industry.

Stephan has dedicated much of his career to the strategic selection process for executive personnel in a variety of industries in cross-cultural environments, and he has a proven track record in developing and implementing tailored personnel strategies to help optimize organizations in the global context.

As GM at JR Bechtle & Co., a leading Executive Recruiting firm in the U.S., Stephan was responsible for all recruiting services for the firm’s southern activities in North America, Mexico, and parts of South America.

Prior to joining Jr Bechtle & Co., Stephan served as Site Director for BASF Argentina where he oversaw all business activities for four business units in the paint industry. He rebuilt the organization focusing on profitability and sustainability including business divesture and site consolidation securing the market leader position in Argentina. Stephan also held senior management positions at DÜRR Systems, Inc.’s Application Technology division and ThyssenKrupp Systems Engineering in the USA.

Stephan holds a Ph.D. in Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry and a Diploma in Chemistry from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany.


  • Executive Recruiting
  • Organizational Development
  • Change Management
  • Executive Leadership
  • Business Strategy
  • Corporate HR Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • P&L Management
  • Performance Improvement
  • Sales Management
  • Channel Management
  • Business Integration
  • Manufacturing
  • International Operations
  • Culture & Change Initiatives