Tom Cleary

Managing Director, Executive Search & Professional Recruiting


Tom Cleary

Managing Director, Executive Search & Professional Recruiting

Tom Cleary has more than 25 years of experience in executive search and has conducted over 500 executive searches over his extensive career as a consultant. His interest in aviation, aerospace and the automotive sectors began as a teenager traveling with his father globally to machine shops, aerospace manufacturers and assembly plants around the world.


Prior to joining Human Capital Solutions, Inc, Tom spent sixteen years as Founder and President of Clear Concepts, an international executive search firm, where he formed and led the company’s aviation, aerospace, automotive and electronic manufacturing services and original design manufacturing. In this role, he focused and placed executives in engineering, operations, research and development, information technology, supply chain, high-level commercial roles along with key finance and human resource positions.


His clientele includes Fortune 100 organizations as well as smaller, fast-growing technology companies in both the commercial and government markets. These include aerospace/defense products, consumer electronics, (encompassing mechanical, electronic hardware, software/embedded S/W, plastic molded and metal assemblies). Tom also is accomplished in medical device, smart fabric for technology, autonomous systems and robotics for the automotive industry. His placements include all professional and executive functions within the manufacturing and corporate structure.


Early in Tom’s career, he held several positions with aerospace machine shops as a machinist, CNC programmer and operations manager. He later moved into engineering and manufacturing management gaining additional expertise in plastic molding and tooling for engineered polymers, machined metal components and electro-mechanical products in the aerospace and defense sector. This included assignments in New York, California and the United Kingdom.


Later Tom was hired as a turnaround leader for an aerospace connector and relay manufacturer with facilities in New Jersey and Connecticut. Upon restoring profitability, and stability to the company, Tom accepted the general manager position and later sold the company to a private equity firm in Italy.


Tom has a robust and vibrant technical and management background in the Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive and the Electronics Technology sectors. This provides him with a keen, hands-on understanding of the challenges faced by the clients he and his team support.


Tom is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, National Association of Manufacturers, Aerospace & Defense Forum and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Tom attended Orange Coast College and University of California at Long Beach.


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