Philips Lumileds

Philips Lumileds needed to ensure their 100 year dominance suppling light source to the automotive industry. Their action plan was to hire management in sales, technical marketing, engineering, and quality, for global appointments.

Polumaire Menschen was commissioned to place ten best in industry executives to ensure that Lumileds sustained their leading position within the automotive lighting industry. Titles placed include a Director of Strategy for LED lasers to supplement autonomous driving cars, Sr. Director Automotive Global Quality, Director of Aftermarket Sales, and three Global Product Marketing Managers.


Flex-N-Gate purchased Ford Motor’s Lighting Division and with that sale they were guaranteed forward business from Ford Motor for several years. This division was a known capable lighting manufacturer, yet they were not a technology player in LED based forward lighting. They knew that they needed to hire a change agent beginning with a Chief Engineer and a team of engineers to lead them to become competitive contender.

Polumaire Menschen brought Flex-N-Gate a Chief Engineer with 25 years of lighting experience inclusive of having developed multiple LED headlamp programs. The chosen candidate admittedly said that he didn’t see himself leaving his current employer. With care, logic, and recruiting maturity, we inspired this person to become the candidate to accept the challenge to grow his career and advance Flex-N-Gate.

Seoul Semiconductor

Over the recent five years Seoul Semiconductor has experienced exponential growth. They are the fifth largest LED supplier globally. They needed a recruiting partner to bring them management talent for their European and North American teams.

Polumaire Menschen was deployed to recruit three vice presidents and eleven sales executives to grow sales for the LED division, the new modules division, and the backlighting division. Seoul Semiconductor’s investment has realized $100M growth in sales.

Soitec Phoenix Labs

Soitec of Grenoble, France is a leading manufacturer of semiconductors for the solar industry. For four years they have been developing a crack free GaN on Si wafer for the LED industry. They lacked expertise from the LED Materials Science sector to prove out their intellectual property.

Polumaire Menschen was commissioned to build a best in industry team to validate their technology. We placed a Director of Epitaxy and six Materials Scientists. The Vice President of R&D was the driving force to build the team. To ensure that the team was hired inside of 45 days, we conducted biweekly meetings, arranged calls, flights, hotels, supplied thorough references, and assisted in making fair offers that were accepted. We convinced all hired employees to relocate and begin employment inside of 30 days from their accepted offers.


Kreon is a Belgium based Architectural Lighting manufacturer that makes contemporary simple form designs that enhance any 21st Century application. They desired to emphasize their footprint in American markets. The solution was to hire a president with American-European credentials from a major OEM lighting company.

The spectrum of whom they would consider was broad, sales director to CEO. We assembled a dozen qualified candidates. The owner came to NYC and interviewed all candidates over a three day period. Inside of thirty days they hired one of top two people whom we recommended. Kreon USA President, Thomas Mindt is the perfect fit; European native complemented with a decade selling luminaires in the Americas.