December 3, 2018 – Alexander Mann Solutions, a London-based talent acquisition and management services firm, is continuing its expansion, with Jonathan Harding joining the organization as chief commercial officer this month and Neil Jones coming on board as regional head of APAC in January.
“We are very pleased to welcome both Jon and Neil to the Alexander Mann Solutions family,” said Rosaleen Blair, CBE, founder & CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions. “Both APAC and the public sector are growth markets for our business and I have no doubt that both will bring diverse and valuable experience to support our wider organizational objectives moving forward.”
Mr. Harding will lead Alexander Mann Solution’s commercial function as well as taking on responsibility for the growth of its public sector business.
In all, Mr. Harding has more than 20 years’ of international cross-sector experience. He joins Alexander Mann Solutions from Qatar Airways in Europe, where he served as senior vice president, commercial. Previously, he was chief operating officer of U.K. Trade and Investment. Before that, he held senior commercial leadership roles for Virgin Atlantic in Europe and Asia. Earlier in his career he served as a solicitor for Beaumont and Son.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Alexander Mann Solutions family at such an exciting time,” said Mr. Harding. “As the industry leader globally, it is an absolute privilege to be part of such an exceptional team of people right across the organization whose track record and continued growth ambitions—as trusted advisors to customers and partners across sectors internationally—are hugely inspiring.”
Mr. Jones, who brings significant experience in the APAC region, has upwards of 20 years’ experience in the sector. He has spent the last 12 years with the Adecco Group, holding a variety of senior role. He most recently served as managing director EMEA for Pontoon Solutions, Adecco’s outsourcing brand. He has also been CEO of the Adecco Group, Australia and New Zealand.
“I am delighted to join Alexander Mann Solutions,” said Mr. Jones. “Through previous experience, both in partnership and competition, I have always been impressed by the quality of the people, the relentless focus on customer service and the positive ‘one team’ culture. I am particularly excited by their appetite to disrupt and find new innovative solutions to the challenges we face in the changing world of work.”
Alexander Mann Solutions has industry expertise in a number of sectors, specifically retail and financial services; investment banking and professional services; technology and media; defense, engineering and business services; energy; and healthcare and life sciences. Over 4,000 of the firm’s talent acquisition and management experts partner with more than 100 clients, operating in 40 languages and over 90 countries.
$1.1 Billion Acquisition
In May, OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of Ontario-headquartered OMERS, entered into an agreement with New Mountain Capital to acquire Alexander Mann Solutions for $1.1 billion.
OMERS plans to provide support for the Alexander Mann Solutions management team and employees in deepening and expanding its sectorial and geographic focus, and investing in technology to further develop its value proposition for both new and prospective clients. The private equity firm said it “will also support Alexander Mann Solutions in driving consolidation in what remains a large but still fragmented market.”
Alexander Mann Launches Talent Collective
Alexander Mann Solutions has introduced its new consulting group, Talent Collective. While the leadership provider has offered a strong and comprehensive consulting segment as part of its talent solutions service platform within Alexander Mann Solutions, the differentiation of a dedicated consulting brand will formally enable it to provide greater end-to-end talent solutions.
“I would like to thank the team at New Mountain Capital,” said Ms. Blair. “Under their ownership Alexander Mann Solutions has cemented its position as a global leader in the talent acquisition marketplace and significantly enhanced its capabilities in North America.”
A New Era
Ms. Blair said that OMERS’ ownership will prove invaluable for the recruitment and management services firm. “We are now in an era when the best businesses in the world recognize that people and culture are the new battlegrounds for organizations seeking competitive advantage,” she said. “With OMERS’ support we can strengthen our global total workforce proposition and critically, accelerate our digital transformation and investment in robotics and AI, creating an even more compelling proposition for our customers around the world.”
Martin le Huray, co-head of OMERS Private Equity in Europe, said he and his team are excited to be working with Ms. Blair and her team. “Alexander Mann Solutions is a trusted partner to global, market leading brands in the critical area of talent management,” he said. “We look forward to supporting Rosaleen and the team in extending Alexander Mann Solutions’ capabilities in the future, both organically and through acquisition.”
Mark Redman, executive vice president and OMERS global head of private equity, described Alexander Mann Solutions as a strong addition to its private equity portfolio, and that he expects it to create good value for members of the OMERS pension plan. “This investment is a perfect fit with our broader strategy of partnering with industry leaders poised for significant growth,” he said.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media