ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lucas Group, North America’s premier executive search firm, announces the appointment of Charlie Wilgus as General Manager for the Manufacturing Practice Group. Wilgus is being promoted from his previous position as Managing Partner. He is one of three Lucas Group Managing Partners being promoted to General Manager.
“Charlie is the ideal GM to lead our expanding manufacturing practice,” said Andi Jennings, CEO of Lucas Group. “His leadership provides strengthened guidance and renewed focus to a practice area we expect to substantially grow over the next few years. He brings extensive industry expertise and a highly collaborative management style to an extremely talented team.”
Despite a steady stream of lackluster world economic news, Wilgus is decidedly bullish on manufacturing, where he has seen a robust demand for top talent over the last six to nine months. “There are a number of interesting dynamics impacting executive recruiting in manufacturing–from mid-management up to the executive suite,” said Wilgus. “First, manufacturing has become incredibly lean and efficient, and the industry now needs highly talented, demonstrated people to fill long-standing needs. Second, baby boomer executives are retiring, and companies need to fill that leadership void. Third, manufacturers have saved their cash, invested in enterprise technology and now need intelligent leaders to optimize those technology investments for competitive advantage.” Wilgus pointed to supply chain, procurement, engineering, quality assurance, logistics and distribution as areas of particular importance.
“Lucas Group successfully identifies and places those hard-to-find candidates on behalf of our clients,” said Wilgus. “Many of our placed candidates are people who were not actively looking for work but have distinctive skill sets in areas of high demand. Our strong team of executive recruiters finds those uniquely qualified candidates and matches them with the ideal situation.”
The hiring boom in manufacturing is also creating demand for talented executive recruiters, and Lucas Group is no exception. “With manufacturing enjoying a strong hiring rebound, this is a great time to be a Manufacturing Recruiter. We’re looking for transcendent recruiters for our manufacturing team,” said Wilgus, “and we offer outstanding opportunities for accomplished, enthusiastic talent.
“Whether recruiting experts or manufacturing veterans, we provide our Associates with the tools they need to succeed. We’re a highly collaborative group within Manufacturing Recruiting and throughout Lucas Group. We’re very proud of the successful tenure of our team and the high level of success expected and achieved,” said Wilgus.
Joining Lucas Group in 2001, Wilgus has enjoyed a highly successful recruiting career. He has achieved the firm’s prestigious President’s Club every year since 2002 as well as Platinum Elite status for the past five years. In 2006, he received the Presidential Award, the highest honor bestowed by Lucas Group. His management skills have earned his team of 25 recruiters the 2009 Branch of the Year honor, as well as cultivated two Recruiters of the Year and two Rookie of the Year award recipients. In 2011, Wilgus was honored with the firm’s first Lucas Group Manager of the Year Award.
By Tim Spagnola
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