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Automotive & supplier industry

E-mobility. Autonomous driving. Mobility services. Digital transformation. ADAXO. Automated valet parking. Fuel cells. Hybridisation. Emission standards. Charging infrastructure. Aftermarket. Mobility data space. Catena-X. Battery recycling. Eco fuels.

“I always take a solution-oriented approach. Getting bogged down in problems is simply not what I do. I believe in technology – because without it, there’s no future. And that’s where we come in. Helping to drive transformation through the right leaders: that’s what makes me tick.”

— Dr. Magnus Tessner

The transformation of the automotive industry is in full swing – towards affordable, efficient, digitally connected and climate-neutral mobility. It’s a matter of holding one’s own ground in the global marketplace with innovative products, redeveloping a unique selling proposition as an industry and maintaining economic power at the same time. Manufacturers of passenger cars, buses and commercial vehicles, as well as their suppliers, are undertaking great efforts to turn this transformation into a success story – for the climate, their employees, their industry and for society at large. Alternative powertrains, innovative mobility concepts, AI and digitalisation, along with resilient supply and value chains are the key factors here. This requires smart minds – and sometimes fresh minds, too.

Our automotive team spans the entire automotive value chain – from the intelligence unit to manufacturing, from engineering to design, from supply to aftersales and from mobility to the aftermarket. We support the recruitment of senior executives around the globe – from the US to Turkey and from China to France.  Our clients include both German and international OEMs, suppliers, retailers, start-ups and global service providers of all kinds. We love innovation and competition!

How can you tell a good CEO? Dr. Magnus Tessner reveals it in the podcast with Ch. Keese.
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Dr. Magnus Tessner at the CHRO Summit 2022 in Istanbul.

Dr. Magnus Tessner talks about transformation in the automotive industry in an interview at the Automobilwoche Congress 2019.


Dr. Magnus Tessner

Partner Degree in Business Administration
After years of working in the automotive industry, Magnus Tessner became Managing Director of a retail enterprise with over 2,500 employees. In 2001, he joined ifp and established the Automotive & Retail Team. He has since successfully managed over 500 assignments and significantly contributed to the development of ifp\\\'s international consulting activities. +49 (0) 221 / 20 50 6-73


Meike Hensch

Consultant Psychologist (M.Sc.)
Meike Hensch has strengthened our Automotive and Trade team since completing her studies. With her positive and professional manner as well as her distinctive intuition, she is a sought-after contact person for both our clients and candidates. +49 (0) 221 / 20 50 6-170

Elisabeth Schmidt

Senior Consultant Degree in Business Psychology (M.Sc.)
Elisabeth Schmidt holds a degree in business psychology and has worked as a consultant since 2021. A former competitive athlete, she knows all about speed, precision and a strong drive for success, all of which she brings directly to our demanding mandates. When working with clients and customers, she doesn’t beat about the bush – she takes a nuanced view of the situation and is a highly engaging conversation partner. +49 (0) 221 / 20 50 6-74