Nationwide/United States

Automotive, Industrial Services, Defense/Aerospace

Mark Thibodeau

Based in Detroit, Mark specializes in executive search and selection of leaders within the global automotive and industrial segments. He also leads the global automotive practice for Transearch, Intl., a top ten retained executive search firm based in the UK. Mark has over 25 years of executive search and staffing, starting out his staffing career with Adia/Adecco (Switzerland) where he served as Branch Manager, Sales Manager, Area Director. In 2002, he founded Tier One Executive Search in Detroit.


Mark Thibodeau has over twenty-five years experience in Executive Search and Staffing. He is Managing Partner for the Detroit office and serves as Vice President of Automotive Americas. He started his career in Detroit as a sales manager, branch manager, and later area director for the world’s largest Human Resources company (Adia/Adecco based in Switzerland). In the late nineties he moved into technical recruitment and finally, Executive Search. In 2002, he founded Tier One Executive Search with offices in Detroit, USA, Windsor, CANADA, and later Shanghai, PRC (2004). Tier One Executive Search became known as the world leader in leadership recruitment for the automotive and industrial segments and became part of TRANSEARCH in 2021. Mark has a strong focus on the Automotive, Aerospace, Chemical, Electronics, and Heavy Industrial segments. The Detroit office also has a practice area within automotive dealership and aftermarket. Mark has served on the board of directors of the highly regarded Pinnacle Society and is an active and contributing member.

Prior to the search industry, Mark spent several years in Detroit, selling to automotive manufacturers and part suppliers for a regional logistics company.

Mark studied at and graduated from a top US school and later International Business at Alma College. He is a member of the AESC and has his CPC, issued by NAPS. He is also an avid piano player (Jazz, Roots, Blues, and Soul) and has performed and recorded with Grammy winning/nominated artists. Mark also performed for a President of the United States and on a separate occasion, a Vice President. He is a college basketball fanatic and enjoys spending time with family in the outdoors cycling, hiking, and fishing. 

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