Frank Bühl

Executive Search Consultant Frank Bühl for Friedrichshafen


Frank Bühl

Executive Search Consultant for Automotive, Off Highway, Industrial

+49 7541 4029 480

Frank Bühl is a partner of the DELTACON Group and Managing Director of DELTACON Friedrichshafen GmbH. Together with his team, he is responsible for the automotive, off-highway, and industrial sectors with their sub-clusters automotive, truck, bus, rail, marine, power generation, agricultural engineering, construction machinery, and mobility. In addition to his Executive Search Consulting activities, he has more than 15 years of operational management experience in an international context in Germany and abroad in sales and marketing functions, as well as the management of a complete regional cluster with several European subsidiaries of a market leader in his industry cluster.

As a proven expert in executive search and long-standing partner of the DELTACON Group, Frank Bühl heads our Competence Center Automotive, Industrial, Off Highway as Managing Director from our Friedrichshafen location. As a pronounced industry and technical expert in the automotive and industrial environment also of the various sub-industries and clusters such as automotive, truck, bus, caravan, BEV, PHEV, mobility, rail, agricultural technology, agricultural vehicles, forestry machinery, construction machinery, dump trucks, excavators, wheel bearings, mobile cranes, material handling, underground vehicles, oil & gas, power generation, power generation, emergency generators, microgrid, gas gensets, marine, commercial shipping, yachts, mega yachts, frigates, defense, he supports his customer base of numerous global players and market leaders, as well as start-ups and the outstanding medium-sized businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in filling management positions and technical specialists. He puts a special focus on the so-called cultural fit of the client culture and the personality of the top candidates. Before joining the executive search firm he has more than 15 years experience in various management positions in sales, marketing, application management and a regional responsibility for Northern Europe with market leaders, that shaped his way. This international management responsibility at the interface of market and, customer he gained technology experience within his industry and the solid deep industry knowledge make the difference and are a guarantee in identifying, assessing and attracting the best fitting high caliber candidates from his excellent network within his industry built up over many years. Even for projects in Asia and the Americas, his clients rely on his hand and industry know-how for successful placements of C Level and local business leaders.


Frank Bühl was awarded with DELTACON as the best Executive Search Consultancy in Germany!


2022 Awarded by Focus Business magazine as top personnel service provider in the field of executive search

2021 Awarded by Focus Business magazine as top personnel service provider in the field of executive search

Why was DELTACON selected and awarded by Focus Business as one of the best Executive Search Consultancies? The consultants work quickly, thoroughly, absolutely discreetly and with extremely high quality standards. And with its PURE concept, DELTACON provides its clients with candidates who have been intensively screened using diagnostic tools. Their candidates fit the client and make their clients more successful. DELTACON creates values.


2020 Award for top consultant in the field of medium-sized businesses. The decisive factor for the award was a customer-oriented and SME-oriented consulting performance.

2019 "Headhunter of the Year" award as the best Executive Search Consultancy. The top-class jury was impressed by the clear client and candidate focus as well as the sound methodological competence and deep industry knowledge.

2018 "Headhunter of the Year" award for best executive search firm in the Client Experience sector

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until today

DELTACON Executive Search

Managing Partner & Managing Director
Partner of the DELTACON Group and Managing Director of the Competence Center Automotive, Industrial, Off Highway at the high-tech location Friedrichshafen. International staffing of C-Level, C Suite and technical specialists within his industry.


until 2018

Rolls Royce Powersystems GmbH

Director global BU Industrial
Global sales and application responsibility in Agriculture, Construction & Industrial. Long-term responsibility of the application strategy, sales concepts, marketing measures, key account management with an international team.


until 2014

Daimler AG

Director BU Industrial, Director Northern Europe
Based in London, management of the region Northern Europe incl. Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland for all applications incl. P&L responsibility of several national companies. Strategic development of own organization, partner organizations in Sales & Service. Responsibility for applications including Industrial, Agriculture Construction, Rail, Marine, Powergeneration.


until 2007

MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH

Senior Manager Railway Application
Head of Railway Application Sales and Service Products, as well as Key Account Management.


until 2002

Grammer AG

Key Account Manager
Key Account Management different functional areas Interior Automotive, Rail, Construction Machinery.


until 1998



University for Technology and Economics Berlin

Diploma in Industrial Engineering
Focus on business development, corporate management, general mechanical engineering. Graduated with a degree in industrial engineering.

Industry focus of Frank Bühl


Executive Search Consulting Automotive

For many years, we have been managing challenging projects in the automotive sector, sectors within automotive manufacturing for caravans, trucks and buses up to mobility providers. This ranges from well-known OEM`s to the diverse supplier industry Tier 1, Tier 2 to Car Abo and other mobility providers. Electromobility, new drive concepts (H2), digitalization and autonomous driving are creating a historically unique upheaval in the automotive industry. New competitors from outside the industry, for example from the IT sector, regulatory changes and disruptive technologies are increasing the pressure and driving the transformation of German automotive suppliers and manufacturers. Particularly in the areas of drive technology and digitization, it is important not to miss the boat and to set the strategic course in good time. As a result of these changes, the demands on managers and specialists in the automotive industry are constantly increasing. Automotive and software, electronics engineers, among others, are in high demand in all parts of the industry. Ambitious work, innovative thinking and professional competence are important values that characterize a good employee in the automotive industry and therefore come into focus when filling positions. We at DELTACON Friedrichshafen help our clients to successfully manage this transformation in the automotive world by recruiting the right and suitable employees.


Executive Search Consulting Industrial

In the Industrial segment, the topics of digitalization, artificial intelligence and the handling and use of big data will separate the wheat from the chaff. It is no longer the engineering of tangible products, but the generation of customer-optimized problem solutions that will produce the market leaders of the future. In addition to software developers, e-technicians, engineers, mechanical engineers and technical specialists, as well as decision-makers from the areas of marketing, infotainment and sales will continue to be in demand. The background to this is the fact that the changeover to new technologies and solutions requires not only a high degree of technical precision, but also a certain amount of convincing on the market and with customers. It should be borne in mind that it is not only the large DAX companies that are to be regarded as innovation drivers. It is the small and medium-sized suppliers who bear a large part of the responsibility and can give wings to the future-oriented market. Especially the industry know-how paired with the expertise of bringing together the value systems of candidate and company, which we call cultural fit, ensures that we find not only the best, but also the best fitting candidates for our clients in the industrial sector.


Executive Search Consulting Off Highway

In the off-highway sector, we have a similar trend as in the automotive industry. Transformation towards sustainable new concepts of mobile machines, which transmit their power either hybrid, with hydrogen or electrically. The off-highway segment generally refers to mobile equipment that is not part of the automotive industry, or is not registered as a car or truck. This includes industries such as rail, oil & gas exploration, drilling equipment, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, mining, mining vehicles, snow removal equipment, marine, commercial shipping, ferries, yachts, power generation, power generation, microgrid, wind power, solar, geothermal, aviation, defense. In all of these special applications, completely different criteria play a role, this applies especially to the requirements for suitable employees. The profiles of the future are partly defined by us together with our client. This includes a profound knowledge of the industry, which is the basis to formulate the requirements and to find appropriate experts and executives with real industry and market know-how suitable for the often highly innovative companies. This is our strength, we create values for your future success.

Frequently asked questions to Frank Bühl

What exactly do you do as a Executive Search Consultant and what distinguishes you from a recruiter and how is the term headhunter to be classified?

The Executive Search Consultant is often also referred to as a headhunter; he conducts a direct, active, targeted search and approach on the market in order to find the best professionally and personally suitable candidates for his clients. The Executive Search Consultant supports with further consulting services, such as the creation of technical requirement profiles, as well as a target personality profile. At DELTACON, we even go so far as to record the corporate culture of our clients using a wide variety of methods and take this into account when selecting suitable candidates. The term recruiter is often used to describe someone who selects from an existing pool of candidates and suggests them in the sense of a placement, the success rate is often left to chance.

When you use the term executive search, what exactly do you mean in the automotive industry?

By executive search we mean the targeted search for managing directors: inside (C-Level, C-Suite), executives of the first management level (C-1, VP Level) with appropriate professional, character and personal suitability and enticing them away, using the direct search methodology.
This means identifying potential candidates: inside the automotive industry at appropriate target companies within our network. This is followed by direct contact, addressing and motivating them to engage in an application process for what is often a very high-value vacancy. In the end, we are often the ones who provide the necessary career booster for the candidates and find the right and suitable leaders for our clients who will ensure the future success of your company. In the end a WIN WIN WIN situation!

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