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Global HR Research Completes Merger with ESS

 Fort Myers, FL, January 15, 2021 – Global HR Research (“GHRR”) and Employment Screening Services, LLC (“ESS”) announced today the completion of a definitive merger agreement creating a leading tech-enabled services company in the employment screening industry. 

GHRR and ESS are leading providers of employment screening services, including advanced data- and health-related services such as background checks, drug testing, driving record checks, employment and education verifications, electronic employee eligibility verifications, and various industry-specific compliance and screening solutions. 

The combined company serves more than 5,000 clients and delivers industry-leading technology solutions across key sectors, including healthcare, transportation, energy, education, manufacturing, restaurant, and staffing. The merger accelerates a unified strategy of investing in differentiated technology and products to meet increasingly complex and regulated client needs. The combined company remains dedicated to providing the highest quality of service in the industry. 

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Cielo Expands its Technology Offerings

BROOKFIELD, WI – October 5, 2020 – Cielo, the world’s leading Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) provider, has partnered with Talent Function to enhance its technology consulting expertise and capabilities.

As the RPO industry’s technology leader, Cielo seeks opportunities to equip its teams and clients with the latest insights, trends and tools to drive optimum results. Technology and automation were already accelerating in talent acquisition and human resources, but COVID-19 has supercharged organizations’ digitization efforts. From virtual interviewing to orientation and onboarding, years of change have been compressed into months, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Talent Function is a consulting company helping organizations around the world with comprehensive and forward-looking talent strategies, business processes, technology solutions and deployments. Elaine Orler, CEO and founder of Talent Function, has helped global companies transform their recruiting organizations with actionable strategies and technology implementations since 1993.

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TrueBlue Names Brannon Lacey President of PeopleScout

TACOMA, Wash. — September 15, 2020 — TrueBlue, a global leader in specialized workforce solutions, announced today a new appointment to its senior leadership team. Brannon Lacey has been named President of PeopleScout, a division of TrueBlue and the world’s largest recruitment process outsourcing provider. Lacey replaces outgoing interim President Chip Holmes.

Lacey most recently served as the President and Chief Product Officer of Benefits Solutions at Alight, a leading human capital, and business solutions provider. At Alight, he led a $2 billion business segment and a global team of 14,000 colleagues.

Prior to Alight, Lacey spent more than four years at Rackspace, where he served as SVP & General Manager of Application Services, among other roles. Before that, Brannon served as a principal at Samsung Ventures, where he led venture capital investments for mobility products. He has also held a variety of strategic technology consulting and leadership roles at Samsung, Skaya, and Accenture.

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PRO Unlimited Appoints New CEO

July 30, 2020 – Boca Raton, FL – PRO Unlimited, a global innovator of contingent workforce management software and services, today announced the appointment of Kevin Akeroyd as its Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO, Andy Schultz, stepped down after leading the company since its inception nearly three decades ago.

“There is a dramatic shift occurring where skilled knowledge workers on the employee side, and the vast majority of employers trying to compete in the war for talent, are moving towards contingent labor over traditional full-time engagements,” said Kevin Akeroyd, Chief Executive Officer at PRO Unlimited. “This fundamental change in mindset for the employee and employer is being driven by the need for flexibility, fiscal management, and risk mitigation through the use of contingent employment. There aren’t many companies that offer end-to-end management solutions for the contingent workforce – PRO does, and this makes it an exciting leader in one of the biggest growth opportunities across the entire technology landscape. PRO is the emerging disruptor in the category, and I’m thrilled to lead the company into this next stage.”

Over the past four years, Akeroyd served as CEO at Cision where he took the company public on the NYSE before selling it for $2.8 billion to Platinum Equity in January 2020. Prior to Cision, Akeroyd has been General Manager at both Oracle and Salesforce, running business units that were category leaders in Cloud Software, Services, and Data. Earlier in his career, Akeroyd held Executive positions at companies including Jigsaw, Acxiom and RR Donnelley.

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Universal Background Screening Acquires OPENonline

July 16, 2020 – Universal Background Screening (“Universal”), headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Ohio-based OPENonline, a leading provider of employment background checks and investigative services. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal brand, will leverage deep industry expertise and award-winning scaled operations centers and advance Universal’s position as the nation’s leader in background screening.

“We are excited to have OPENonline join Universal. The synergy was compelling: both companies are members of the select 6% of background screening providers that are accredited by the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and both companies are deeply committed to providing an outstanding experience for our customers,” said Dan Filby, CEO of Universal.

Having now closed on its fourth acquisition in the background screening industry, this merger represents the next phase of Universal’s development as a market leader. The integration furthers Universal’s commitment to producing a better candidate experience and helps recruiters move candidates through the hiring process more quickly.

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Harrier Group Appoints New Acting Group CEO

May 20, 2020 – The Board of Harrier Group today announce the appointment of Zain Wadee as acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Wadee joined Harrier Talent Solutions in August 2019 as Executive General Manager, leading strategy and operations for a broad portfolio of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions and talent consulting engagements across Australia.

Prior to joining Harrier, Mr. Wadee spent more than 20 years’ working in the global talent solutions market, including 10 years with the Adecco Group, where he led the Hyphen RPO brand to achieve growth of over GBP700m before successfully rebranding and relaunching in the EMEA market as Pontoon Solutions.

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LevelUP HCS to Support NY State’s Effort to Build an Army of Contact Tracing Teams

May 6, 2020 – LevelUP HCS, a New York-based talent solution and HR advisory company, will support the recruitment of contact tracers, community support specialists, and team supervisors that will make up New York State’s contact tracing pilot program. The nation-leading program was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg on April 22. These contact tracing teams will be a critical part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. LevelUP has launched a comprehensive effort to identify and vet qualified candidates who will be trained and deployed in accordance with the NY state program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with  the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies.

New York’s contact tracing program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide, depending on projected number of cases, and will operate through the next flu season. Contact tracing teams will work remotely with state-of-the-art software to develop New York state’s secure database of information on the spread of the infection.

As part of this effort, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health — the top-rated public health school in the country – in consultation with DOH, is developing a world-class online curriculum for the State’s contact tracers that includes a training program and an online exam that must be passed to complete the program. Vital Strategies’ initiative Resolve to Save Lives will provide technical and operational advising to New York State Health Department staff.

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Julie Marks Joins Alexander Mann Solutions as Senior Vice President and Head of Growth

CLEVELAND – May 6, 2020 – Global talent acquisition and management specialistAlexander Mann Solutions (AMS) has announced the appointment of Julie Marks as senior vice president and Head of Growth in the Americas. Marks is a business leader with extensive Fortune 500 experience, with a strong track record of driving high performance in all facets of business.

For over 20 years, Marks held several executive leadership roles for the global business, ADP, including leading the sales, service, and talent organizations. There, her people-focused leadership approach drove double-digit growth metrics in ROI, gross profit, implementation, and client satisfaction while also ranking her number one in the company for the Gallup Associate Satisfaction Survey. Earlier in her career, she served as Chief Talent Officer of Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she created a Human Resource and Talent Development division that was named to Indiana’s Best Places to work.

Among her credentials are B.S. degree in Organizational Communication and Development from Ball State University and certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, DISC Assessment, Synchronous Facilitation, Crucial Conversations, Speed Reading People, Leadership Coaching, The Gallup Survey, and Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.

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QuantumWork, The Technology Business of Allegis Global Solutions, Offers Solutions to Help Displaced Workers Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic and Financial Crisis

Companies furloughing workers or downsizing can utilize the QuantumWork technology as part of off-boarding solution

Charlotte, N.C. (May 5, 2020) — QuantumWork, found online at Quantum.Work, is employing its Platform as a Service (“PaaS“) technology to help displaced workers during the current Covid-19 crisis and global economic shutdown. With global unemployment claims reaching staggering numbers, including millions per week in the United States alone, the total talent solution offered by QuantumWork allows recruitment, procurement and HR leaders to match and stack rank talent fast. Within a single platform, candidates are run against all of their open positions, including traditional employment, contingent and on-demand work.

The technology has specific benefits for both employees and employers during this time of economic shutdown and rapidly increasing global unemployment. For companies facing downsizing, adding displaced workers to the QuantumWork technology will make them more visible to potential employers, and more easily searchable for rehire in the near future based upon their unique skills and qualifications. And for employees furloughed or displaced, the technology will improve their ability to be rehired by increasing their visibility specific to matching positions.

“Despite the unprecedented effects of Covid-19 and the surrounding global economic shutdown, organizations are still hiring, and companies continue to search for talented workers,” said Randy Gulian, General manager for QuantumWork. “Our QuantumWork technology can help expedite the process and place workers in positions fast — whether it is full-time employment, part-time, contract or on-demand.”

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Alexander Mann Solutions Unveils New Technology

Intelligent Automation Enables Organizations to Adapt Amidst a Changing World of Work

Cleveland – April 21, 2020 – Alexander Mann Solutions, the global leader in recruitment process outsourcing and talent acquisition consulting services, has announced the release of their first self-developed technology platform. Hourly by Alexander Mann Solutions enables organizations to hire hourly workers faster and with greater precision through a completely conversational experience from explore-to-offer, in a single built-for-mobile solution.

“Today, we recognize organizations are operating with a high level of uncertainty about the future of business and their people,” said David Leigh, CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions. “We designed Hourly with an eye towards radically improving the candidate experience for hourly job seekers, and now we’re seeing just how essential this part of the paid workforce is to the economy. Innovation has always been core to our business, and we take immense pride in launching Hourly as an enabling technology for organizations beginning on a path to transform processes and rebuild their workforce rapidly as we emerge into a new way of work in the coming months.”

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