Bedford Recruits Top Executive for ABC Group


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TORONTO, ON / SOUTHFIELD, MI (June 4, 2018) – The Bedford Consulting Group is pleased to announce that we have completed a key executive search with ABC Group. 


Our North American Manufacturing practice, co-led by Darren Raycroft, successfully completed the search for the new Vice President, Operations with ABC Group, with Joel Kennedy joining the organization in June 2018.


Joel joins ABC Group from Faurecia, where located in Michigan, he was most recently the Director of Operations for the organization’s Interior Systems Division. Previously, Joel held management level roles in Faurecia’s Automotive Seating and Emissions Control divisions where he worked in Plant and operational leadership roles across Canada and North America. With ABC Group, Joel will report to Ken Friedman, ABC Group’s Chief Operating Officer and will oversee multiple facilities located in North America and Europe.


“It has been a privilege for us to partner with Ken Friedman and the team at ABC Group on this critical hire for the organization” said Darren Raycroft, Bedford Partner. “Our unique proprietary diagnostic and assessment tools focused on “Fit”, as well as our close working relationship with the team at ABC Group, were critical in attracting a high caliber leader like Joel.”


ABOUT BEDFORD: The Bedford Consulting Group is one of North America’s leading independent executive search firms. Darren Raycroft brings 12 years of executive search and strategic consulting experience, with a core focus on Manufacturing, Distribution and Life Sciences verticals.


ABOUT ABC GROUP: ABC Group is one of the world’s leading automotive systems and components manufacturers. Acquired by Cerberus Capital Management in 2016, ABC Group specializes in manufacturing plastics processing technologies, systems, and components of the global automotive industry. The organization provides product offerings with increased design flexibility, improved efficiency in manufacturing and assembly, significant cost savings, weight savings, enhanced quality and performance.