September 2020

Former CHRO Anthony (Tony) Papa Joins NGS Global as Managing Partner

NGS Global Americas LLC (NGS Global) announced today that Anthony (Tony) Papa has joined the firm as Managing Partner. Based in Detroit, Mr. Papa will lead NGS Global’s Automotive and Industrial Practices in North America.

Mr. Papa has a 30-year track record of success in human resources and operations leadership positions within global Fortune 500 automotive manufacturing companies. He served most recently as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer at Federal-Mogul Motorparts, where he supported an employee base of 16,500 across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Earlier in his career, Mr. Papa held senior global leadership positions and served as an Officer at Meridian Lightweight Technologies and the Gates Corporation. In addition to leading the human capital function, Mr. Papa has held senior leadership responsibilities for World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and Operational Excellence, as well as Total Quality Management. He has held positions in the US, Canada, as well as Europe, and helped lead market expansion initiatives in virtually every region of the world.

“Having recruited hundreds of executives across functional areas both on my own as well as with the support of recruiting firms, I am excited to leverage my years of experience in the automotive and industrial sectors within a global executive search firm that has a partner-led execution model,” said Mr. Papa. “NGS Global’s client-centric, highly accountable approach to executive search really makes the organization stand out in my mind.”

“As a former chief human resources officer, Tony has extensive first-hand experience attracting and assessing world-class executive talent,” added David Nosal, Chairman of NGS Global. “He also brings first-hand knowledge of the challenges automotive clients face and how design, development and manufacturing is evolving. We feel Tony’s depth and breadth of knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our automotive and industrial clients.” 

Mr. Papa holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Business/Public Administration from the University of Windsor. He also holds certifications in human resources and organizational development. Mr. Papa has been featured in multiple publications, including HR Professional Now and Meet the Influencers. He has served on economic advisory boards and is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at colleges and universities in greater Detroit.


Anthony (Tony) Papa