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Japan – PersolKelly appoints new CEO

08 October 2019

PersolKelly, the joint venture between Kelly Services and Persol Holdings, announced two significant changes to their Executive Committee including the appointment of a new CEO.

Current CEO Takayuki Yamazaki has moved into a senior executive role within PersolKelly’s Japan-based parent company Persol Holdings. Consequently, current Chief Operating Officer Francis Koh has stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer for PersolKelly.

The changes became effective from 1 October 2019.

Koh was previously a founding partner and managing director of Capita. He has also been President of the Singapore Professional Recruitment Organisation.

Yamakazi commented, “The time is right for this succession plan to be activated. It has been three years since the joint venture was launched across the region and I’m very proud of the position PersolKelly is now in."

"PersolKelly is a true Asia Pacific business," Yamakazi continued. "My approach has always been to lead the organisation with that regional focus. It is important to me that we provide opportunities to grow local talent, develop local leadership and build businesses in each market that are aligned to local cultures. I have extreme confidence that Francis is the right person to move into the CEO role at PersolKelly. Francis and I have worked closely together for seven years and we have shared values when it comes to leadership and people management, so I am confident this will be a seamless succession.”

Koh also commented, "I look forward to continuing my close relationship with each of the local teams as we continue to focus on building both breadth and depth in our customer relationships, developing platforms that allow our people to thrive and executing the growth plans we have in place across the region.”

Persol reported revenue for the first quarter ended 30 June 2019 of JPY 235.2 billion (USD 2.22 billion). PersolKelly reported revenue of 20.56 billion (USD 194.3 million), an increase of 19.2% on the prior year.


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