Experts in Executive Recruiting

Originally founded as Tier One Executive Search, our branch began operations in Detroit, Michigan in 2002. Our founding senior partner spent his early career working in the recruitment industry in Detroit and saw first-hand the hiring needs that automotive manufacturers were facing. Tier One Executive Search was born from this and has been helping automotive manufacturing companies hire the right leadership ever since. In 2004, Tier One began expanding with international offices, including an office in Shanghai and a research team in Mexico, to help automotive manufacturers grow their teams across the globe.

Over the 20 years, Tier One Executive Search became an established trusted partner in the most critical executive searches for major manufacturing companies worldwide. In 2019, Tier One Executive Search expanded into the automotive retail industry, dedicating a whole new practice to help auto dealerships find senior level talent. In 2021, Tier One Executive Search joined TRANSEARCH International.

Our Firm Today

TRANSEARCH International is one of the leading executive search firms in the world. Headquartered in Europe, we have offices in The Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Our global presence allows us to service companies around the world – covering all the major industry sectors.

TRANSEARCH International operates through a matrix structure – organized by geography, industry specialization and functional expertise as well as by additional leadership services. Our clients, whether large or small, global or local, benefit greatly from this structure as we have access to the most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may exist. This enables us to understand our clients’ cultures, operations, business strategies and industries thoroughly.

What differentiates TRANSEARCH and translates into meaningful benefits for our clients is how we ensure ‘fit.’ We use the TRANSEARCH Orxestra© Method to measure five different types of fit which guards against costly miss-hires. Underpinning the outcomes of a successful executive hire is ensuring there are cultural, leadership, team, performance and integration fit.

We are the only search firm in the world using this proprietary method, which has been developed in conjunction with our Leadership Advisor: Dr. John O. Burdett – world-renowned coach and best-selling author.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to be the executive search partner of choice for forward looking clients. We strive to be recognized as a trusted talent advisor by our clients by delivering excellence and collaboratively transforming their businesses.

Our Vision

We are founded on a culture of partnership with a strong focus on excellence. Our vision is to move beyond what is defined as leadership and talent acquisition. We are motivated by what is “right” for our clients (and anticipating where they are going) and becoming a yardstick for quality. We are always pushing the envelope to stay ahead of the curve.


What our clients say

"Transearch Detroit has been instrumental in our growth and success in the Americas. They have successfully completed over 30 searches for us here and have been key to forming our leadership team and divisional teams."
VP of Human Resources, North America - $12 Billion Global Manufacturer
Great service. Mark and his team of experts met my needs exactly. Highly recommend!
Director of HR, $4 Billion MNC