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Kevin Krause, Managing Partner
Kevin is the founder and Managing Partner of BaxterKrause Retained Executive Recruiters. He is an experienced business professional and entrepreneur with a talent for making personal connections and building top domestic and international business teams. Kevin’s success is multi-national and multi-lingual. Fluent in German, Kevin lived, worked and was educated in Germany for over a decade. His unique perspective of German culture, language and customs has led BaxterKrause to be a preeminent recruiter for German companies both in the US and abroad. Prior to establishing BaxterKrause, Kevin held several senior level positions in the automotive industry, as Director for Siemens Automotive, Freundenberg and Valeo Corporation. Besides helping to take a company public on the New York Exchange, Kevin also worked as a market consultant for German companies entering the US market during the major investment years. It was at this time Kevin realized the need companies had for acquiring quality executive talent if they were to become successful in a competitive global environment. He started BaxterKrause to fulfill the international demand.
Constance Arvidson-Krause, Managing Partner
Constance is the co-founder of BaxterKrause and responsible for operations and marketing. She is instrumental in the branding and partnering strategies and aspires to bring BaxterKrause into the premiere position for international retained search in the US. While completing an International Business degree at the University of Michigan, Constance worked at Garrett Turbochargers in Epinal, France and for an importer and distributor of interior design textiles in Germany. In the US, she served at the French Consulat, The French Trade Commission and in International Sales for Northwest Airlines. Constance is a German and French speaker who has consulted with European start-ups for Krause & Associates in Michigan and with the International Business Incubator South in Atlanta. She also served as Executive Director of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. Dedicated and passionate about achieving desired results for the client, Constance is proud of the leadership teams built by BaxterKrause.
Juergen Peters, Partner
Juergen Peters is a Partner managing BaxterKrause’s newly established Detroit office. He has held various engineering and sales leadership positions in the Automotive industry with more than 30 years of experience in Europe and in the US. Juergen worked for 29 years for Bosch in various different capacities. His most recent position was President of Bosch’s Car Multimedia Division in North America. He then became President of Roechling Automotive North America. Juergen is passionate about identifying talents and organizational development. He has a proven record of creating high performing organizations and successful business development. Juergen started as an automotive technician, finished BSc in mechanical engineering in Essen and received a business administration degree from the RFH University in Cologne, Germany.
Dr. Linda Rivers, Partner
Dr. Linda Rivers is a Partner managing BaxterKrause’s newly established Charleston office. Most recently she led Enterprise Engineering Excellence for Johnson Controls. Prior, she was General Manager for Federal-Mogul. Earlier, she had responsibility for manufacturing operations where she implemented Lean Production Systems across 29 powertrain manufacturing plants. Throughout these and other roles, she established a record of building successful diverse teams which makes her uniquely positioned to attract and select strong talent. She has an extensive career across engineering and manufacturing operations at fortune 500 companies like Johnson Controls, Federal-Mogul, Visteon and Alcoa. She is an expert at advancing diversity and inclusion recruiting strategies for companies committed to building premier talent organizations across various business levels. Her broad exposure has been across all functions.
Debra Mercaldo, Partner
Debra is a Partner at BaxterKrause and an experienced international retained executive recruiter and consultant with extensive business expertise and acumen. She brings to recruiting a background in marketing and communications that was honed in a variety of industries including healthcare, chemicals, technology, manufacturing and professional services. Prior to joining BaxterKrause, Debra was the founder of a marketing strategy firm that helped to advance the business goals of many growing companies in the Greater Atlanta Area. She has leadership experience in a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer, where she branded and launched hundreds of products and services for the automotive, food service, janitorial and car wash markets in the US, Europe and Canada. Her career started as an art director in New York City advertising agencies. Debra has received designations as a Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) and Social Media Recruiter (CSMR). She has earned a B.F.A. in Advertising Design and an M.B.A. in Marketing.
Eric Drummond, Partner
Eric Drummond is a Partner at BaxterKrause. He has held leadership positions in several Fortune 200 companies over the past 25 years most recently serving as Executive Director for HULT International Business School. Prior, he served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Novelis Inc., an $11B global aluminum company in which he orchestrated a successful turnaround and was the Global VP of HR for the National Basketball Association (NBA) with primary focus on the international expansion of the iconic brand. Eric has held senior roles in Manufacturing, Retail, and Fast Moving Consumer Goods industries with such companies as PepsiCo, RJ Reynolds (based in Geneva, Switzerland), Coors Brewing, and Ingersoll-Rand.The common thread throughout Eric’s career has been his ability to not only identify and attract quality talent but to ensure the appropriate cultural fit within these organizations. He has placed Chief HR Officers, Chief Information Officers, as well as VPs in Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Finance. Eric earned both a Masters in Labor Relations and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Michigan State University.
Rick Haynes, Partner
Rick is a Partner at BaxterKrause and draws from over 25 years' experience in the consumer goods industry to connect the right person with a career that maximizes their expertise and talent. Looking beyond credentials and focusing on "street smarts" is what sets Rick apart from most people in the human capital profession. Rick worked with the Maytag/Whirlpool Corporation for over 19 years as National Account Director and was an integral part in introducing major appliances into the Home Improvement Sector (Home Depot). Rick was also a National Accounts Director for Delonghi where he worked with large national retail chains such as Wal Mart, Sams and Lowes. Most recently, Rick served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Latexco, a Belgian-based manufacturer of bedding components. He expanded the product line into Canada where he interfaced regularly with retail powerhouses Bed Bath and Beyond, HSN, QVC, IKEA, JC Penney, Sears, Simmons, Select Comfort and others. Rick holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University and a Master's degree from The University of Phoenix.
Diana Brown, Director of Finance
Diana has over 25 years of experience in Finance, Tax and Accounting. She has been working at BaxterKrause for 8 years and is responsible for all areas of finance.
Elly Parrish, Program Manager
Elly joined BaxterKrause in 2013. As Program Manager, she is primarily responsible for the development and management of the internal client and candidate relationship process and all related activities. She works closely with the recruiters and consultants to coordinate projects and ensure the delivery of communications to our valued clients and candidates. Prior to coming to BaxterKrause, Elly worked as an Administrative Professional with expertise in Program Management, Customer Service and Office Management. Her excellent organizational and problem-solving skills have been well-honed in her roles as Executive Assistant to C-level executives in companies such as Lehman Brothers, First Data Corporation, Futren Corporation and Cross Media Marketing. Elly is a native New Yorker and has lived in Metro Georgia since 1996.
Kalyn Kight, Senior Recruiter
Kalyn brings four years technical recruiting experience and broad knowledge of the engineering field to BaxterKrause. She has experience recruiting professionals in the manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, service, oil & gas, architectural, information technology, medical devices, power & energy, and consumer goods industries. Kalyn received a double major in Financial Economics and Business Management from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. She also was a scholarship athlete on the women’s golf team at Anderson. Kalyn was born and raised in North Atlanta and has international exposure from travelling to Europe and Latin America several times.
Katia Pesce, Recruiter
Katia brings to BaxterKrause a very international experience. Among her previous jobs, she worked for one of the largest Italian bank groups Banca Intesa Sanpaolo and for the Government of the Province of Savona where she gained expertise in the recruiting field. Having relocated to England for her husband’s career, she worked as an Office Manager for a staffing and recruiting agency. She also spent time as an Italian language instructor for Pirelli Tyres. In 2010 she moved to the United States working as an Office Manager for a venture capitalist firm and continuing her Italian teaching. Katia is a native Italian speaking fluent English and currently learning Spanish. She has a Master’s degree in Law as well and a certification in Business Management and Corporate Organizations.