Edwin Bohr / Electronics – CEO

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  • Founded 1957
  • Niche: Electronic Components
  • Estimated 7.7 Million in Revenue
  • 50+ Employees
  • Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN

Edwin Bohr / Electronics aims to be an extension of its customers’ locomotive reliability team — a partner providing manufacturing, repair, and custom engineering solutions for onboard electrical and mechanical needs.

For over 60 years, Edwin Bohr / Electronics has built its reputation as a premier provider of the rail industry’s repaired and remanufactured electrical and mechanical components. Leveraging its engineering expertise and close consultative relationships with Class I and Shortline rail partners, the company has also invested heavily in developing its own line of replacement parts and solutions to meet the needs of the industry.


Following the acquisition of EB/E by Alderman Enterprises (a Chattanooga-based PE Firm), Alderman sought a new CEO who could lead EB/E through their next chapter of growth. The successor needed to provide strategic commercial and operational leadership to reduce costs, effectively streamlining production. The company identified the need for a CEO candidate with a proven track record of modeling an excellent company culture, providing inspired leadership, and establishing strategic growth. The perfect fit would have both PE experience and significant P&L responsibility (within a large company) in the industrial, manufacturing, or railway industry.

Ropella leveraged its ideal leadership hiring model, the SMART Search System, to identify candidates with the right cultural transformation leadership abilities and who could implement operational policies and strategic growth plans for EB/E. In less than two months, Ropella had helped EB/E narrow the pool and obtain first offer acceptance from their finalist.

Custom-created for Edwin Bhor/ Electronics, the Opportunity Marketing Piece attracted passive (employed and not looking) candidates from a select group of highly targeted companies. The Opportunity Marketing Piece enabled Ropella’s Executive Search Consultants to present a world-class overview of Edwin Bhor/ Electronics, the new CEO’S unique challenges, and the incredible opportunity to work in a fast-moving, open, and transparent environment focused on excellence.


This custom-created Skill Survey equipped Ropella’s Executive Search Consultants to effectively gather information from a large pool of candidates. This step was critical to identify and select the most qualified A-players for final submission.


Ropella thoughtfully scored all candidates during the screening and interview process, using a custom-created Scorecard. These scores determined each candidate’s skills and experience, cultural dynamic, management style, compensation, relocation fit, and other attributes.


Ropella’s proprietary Compensation Comparison Calculator compiles a variety of complex compensation factors into a concise Offer Strategy Summary, thereby ensuring that clients don’t lose the perfect candidate to ineffective “negotiations” and/or a current employer counteroffer or other “competing” offers.


Results Delivered

Ropella identified and engaged with 177 prospects on behalf of Edwin Bhor/ Electronics. From there, Ropella submitted 10 candidates, 7 of whom were interviewed.

12 Business Days
To Qualified Candidates
50 Business Days
Speed to Placement

With multiple A-player candidates interviewed through an in-depth interview and assessment process, the top five candidates were identified. Ultimately, Edwin Bhor/ Electronics utilized Ropella’s Compensation Comparison Calculator and supporting Offer Strategy Summary to creatively bridge a gap and secure their ideal leadership candidate. This role will be managing the company’s day-to-day operations as a Chief Executive Officer to build and model a great company culture, provide inspired leadership to the overall team, and establish the growth and strategic vision of the company.

The Ropella Group has a systematic approach to the recruiting process, from the introduction to the offer that is clear, concise, and consultative. Robbie’s team is extremely professional and understands how to balance the client-to-candidate relationship.

Dan Marks
Edwin Bohr/Electronics