About Stephan Gräfer

Stephan Gräfer is Executive Search Consultant at Ward Howell International since 2015.

In early years, Stephan worked for a leading international insurance broker and risk consultancy as management trainee and later as consultant for medium sized enterprises.

His customers included well-known national and international companies in the field of mechanical engineering, metallurgy and production. Meanwhile, global recruiting company Robert Walters approached him. He helped to build their German business and establish the brand in Germany. He focused on recruiting executives and specialists in the field of general management, HR, finance and production for international companies and corporates within the field of engineering and construction. In addition, he was in charge of special projects in sourcing and engineering. Following a prosperous time as deputy division head, he moved to Ward Howell International Executive Search to expand his experience in finding the right executives and top talents for his clients.

Stephan now focusses on Automotive, Engineering and Heavy Industries including material handling, where he is the only consultant concentrating on this sector. He studied business, marketing and insurance studies in Ireland and Cologne, graduating from Technical University of Cologne. Before moving to Duesseldorf, he lived near Muenster and in Munich.


  • Consumer & Retail
  • Automotive
  • General Industry
  • Financial Services


  • Executive Search
  • Business Development
  • Family Business Governance
  • Interim Management
  • Talent Management