Randstad North America Appoints CHRO

November 2, 2020 – Randstad North America has named Bob Lopes as its new chief human resources officer. He is based out of the company’s Tampa, FL, office.

“We are very fortunate to have Bob bring his expertise to the Randstad North America leadership team,” said Karen Fichuk, CEO of Randstad North America and Randstad N.V. executive board member. “His depth of experience across the HR consulting industry and Randstad Sourceright, combined with his strong operational skills and passion for talent strategy and building inclusive, high performance workplace cultures, will be invaluable to driving the people strategy for our company.”

Mr. Lopes has served as an executive at Randstad’s sister company Randstad Sourceright for six years serving as North America group president. At Randstad North America, he will develop the company’s internal human resources practice and oversee all aspects of human capital, including recruitment, talent management, employee engagement and organizational development.

Mr. Lopes has more than 35 years of global experience leading private, mid-stage and public technology and services businesses in outsourcing, consulting and HR-related services. In his new position, he will work to commercialize Randstad’s human resources practice to adapt to the changing employment landscape and support the organization’s overall goals by tethering human resources strategy to revenue generation. Mr. Lopes will also continue Randstad’s focus on diversity and inclusion in all areas of the business, including recruitment and career development.

“Human resources has always had a seat at the table at Randstad because we understand the importance of creating an environment where all employees are supported and accepted,” said Mr. Lopes. “The HR function has the responsibility to help drive the organization’s success, productivity and culture, and I am excited to focus on those responsibilities with my colleagues to ensure our continued success.”

Randstad North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad N.V., a €23.7 billion global provider of flexible work and human resources services. Randstad’s North American operations comprise nearly 5,700 associates and a deployed workforce of more than 94,000 in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to staffing and recruitment, Randstad offers outsourcing, consulting and workforce management solutions for generalist and specialist disciplines, including technology, engineering, accounting and finance, clinical and non-clinical healthcare, human resources, legal, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration, and sales and marketing.

Recent Leadership Change

Randstad Sourceright recently appointed current EMEA managing director Michael Smith to the role of global CEO of Randstad Sourceright. He will assume the duties of current CEO Rebecca Henderson, effective Jan. 1. Mr. Smith has 15 years of experience in the talent acquisition industry, working in operational and leadership roles across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. He currently manages the dual responsibilities of leading Randstad Sourceright EMEA and the Randstad UK operating company out of his post in Amsterdam.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Michael as our new global CEO,” said Ms. Henderson. “Michael has been an asset to our organization since the beginning of his career. He has consistently looked for ways to strengthen our culture of innovation and learning, has led and developed teams across diverse cultural backgrounds, and has elevated growth opportunities across the Randstad Group. I am excited to see where he takes Randstad Sourceright and can’t wait to welcome him to his new role.”

To replace Mr. Smith in Randstad UK’s office, Victoria Short will become the CEO of Randstad UK, effective Jan.1. Ms. Short began her career with Randstad over 20 years ago in Randstad’s business support division in the U.K. After almost a decade growing this business, she oversaw the Randstad care and student support businesses, later expanding her leadership to include the education portfolio.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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