Alder Koten Executive Search

Alder Koten helps clients recruit top executive and leadership talent in Mexico. The firm’s headquarters are in Houston with offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City.

Recruiting Specialties

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Supply Chain and Operations
  • Sales


Jose J. Ruiz

+1 (713) 476-9000

Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future.

He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures.

An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico.

His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose is a bi-weekly contributor at writing about executive leadership and career development.

Jose holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is fluent in English and Spanish.


Q Is Alder Koten considered a retained or contingency firm?

Alder Koten is a retained search firm. Working on a retained basis means the recruiter will charge an upfront fee to the client to conduct a search. They will operate on an exclusive basis meaning the job will only be filled through this recruitment company. Retained search recruiters work very closely with their client and will take their time and use an agreed methodology to find the best person for the job. The process is usually rigorous with a shortlist of anything from three to ten names being presented before interviews commence. In a perfect world, the retained recruiter will be able to present five candidates with the ideal skills, location, salary, etc. and all the client has to do is pick the one they like the most.

Q Does Alder Koten have offices in other parts of the world?

The firm was founded in 2011 and its headquarters are located in Houston and it has offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City with partner firms in New York, Boston, Chicago, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.

Q Does Alder Koten recruit board members?

Yes. Alder Koten does perform searches for the board of directors. Alder Koten consultants maintain close ties to outstanding leaders and potential directors, in multiple industries and geographies. These relationships support our ability to identify and evaluate exceptional candidates for every appointment.

Q Professional & Middle Management

Work with professional and middle management talent is performed by Brakston Grey, a division of Alder Koten that focuses on high potential professionals and managers on a development path for executive positions. Brakston Grey is a solely owned subsidiary of Alder Koten.

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