Mexico executive search firms continue to strong activity after border closure averted - Jose J Ruiz

Mexico executive search firms continue to strong activity after border closure averted

Recruiters of high-impact talent in Mexico
September 26, 2019
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Mexico executive search firms continue to strong activity after border closure averted.

Executive search consultants for Alder Koten, a leading recruiting partner for US companies in Mexico, continue to see strong demand for executive, management and professional talent in Mexico. All recruiting practices continue to see strong activity and a tightening talent pool.

This past week President Donald Trump warned that he was willing to close the border with Mexico in retaliation for what he perceives as a lack of support of the country in helping stop illegal immigration and flow of drugs.

The response from the private sector on both sides of the border was overwhelmingly aligned: A closure of the southern border with Mexico would be catastrophic for economic activity and the supply chains of multiple industries including the automotive sector. Manufacturing and maquiladora plants in Mexico, owned by corporations in the US, are a backbone to their supply chain.

Towards the end of the week, President Trump postponed the closure for a year claiming he would allow Mexico to shore up the flow of immigrants from Central America and drugs claiming that if things did not improve he would impose tariffs on the automotive sector and its parts manufacturers in Mexico.

For the most part, executive search consultants work as trusted advisors to organizations worldwide across industries, helping them to attract top executive talent, advising their boards and developing their internal talent for leadership roles. They are thus in a unique position to measure the temperature of global business, identify talent trends, and point to new opportunities in the market. So far, what executive search consultants have seen is that top executives involved in the manufacturing sector continue to be cautious and observant of the trade issues pushed by the Trump administration but have already gotten accustomed to rhetoric and are unphased in their planning.

Jose J. Ruiz
Jose J. Ruiz
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is a recruiter involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
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