Lucas Group Promotes High-Performing Leader to Managing Partner

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Erik Kessinger promoted to lead Southeast Manufacturing practice

Lucas Group Executive Recruiting Firm

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A natural leader and nurturer, he is passionate about helping others succeed, including his colleagues, clients and candidates.

Lucas Group has promoted Erik Kessinger to the role of Managing Partner of the Atlanta Manufacturing branch. He will spearhead its Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Engineering practice for the Southeast region by leading, developing and growing an already established team of tenured search consultants to new heights.

“Throughout Erik’s 13 years at Lucas Group, he has demonstrated impeccable leadership skills as well as an incredible track record of placing executives with a long list of manufacturing companies,” said Charlie Wilgus, General Manager of Manufacturing for Lucas Group. “As Erik takes on more responsibilities as Managing Partner, we are confident in his continued success both as an executive recruiter and as a frontrunner in our growing and thriving organization.”

Kessinger joined Lucas Group in 2003 and has recently served in leadership capacities as Team Lead and later, Branch Practice Manager. While running a full recruiting desk, he managed a team of six recruiters in his most recent role, and has proven results in leading people to high levels of success. Now, as Managing Partner, he will manage a team of more than 12 recruiters in the Southeast region while continuing to advance his client and candidate relationships across all industry lines.

“In addition to the responsibilities in his previous roles, Erik has always been a reliable mentor to countless other individuals throughout Lucas Group,” said Wilgus. “A natural leader and nurturer, he is passionate about helping others succeed, including his colleagues, clients and candidates. We praise and congratulate Erik on this exciting and well-deserved promotion and milestone in his career.”

Career path guidance and promoting from within are cornerstones of Lucas Group’s culture. Executive Search Consultants are provided with clearly defined benchmarks for career progression and measurable, actionable and structured growth opportunities. With comprehensive onboarding, ongoing education and mentoring, Lucas Group positions its Associates for success.

Lucas Group works across six other functionalities in addition to Manufacturing—Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Military Transition and Sales & Marketing. While Kessinger will focus on the Southeast region, the national recruiting firm has fourteen other offices located throughout the U.S. Working with mid-tier to Fortune 500 corporations, the more than 40-year-old recruiting firm uses sophisticated technology and search methods to find transcendent talent for its clients and rewarding careers for its candidates.

About Lucas Group

Lucas Group is North America’s premier executive search firm. Since 1970, our culture and methodologies have driven superior results. We assist clients ranging in size from small to medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies find transcendent, executive talent; candidates fully realize their ambitions; and associates find professional success. To learn more, please visit Lucas Group at and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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