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UK - New chairman at Pertemps

13 November 2012

Carmen Watson is succeeding Mike Owen as Chairman of Pertemps who is stepping back as part of a planned succession strategy.  Ms Watson joined Pertemps in 1976 as a secretary, and in 1983, she became a board director.  As chairman, her role will be to work with the Pertemps board to drive the next phase of the company’s growth strategy.

Earlier this year, Network Holdings delisted from AIM and re-joined the Pertemps business to form the Pertemps Network Group (PNG).  Private equity provider LDC made a £28 million investment in the new operation which is one of the UK’s largest, privately owned recruitment services business.

Commenting on her appointment, Carmen said:  “I have been part of the Pertemps family for over three decades and am passionate about my contribution to its continued success.   My role will be one of stewardship of the business, and the priority will be to steer the company to greater expansion; that includes ensuring the Pertemps infrastructure and strategy is fit for purpose to manage this growth either organically or through acquisitions.

Tim Watts, lifetime president of PNG, said: “Carmen has been part of the Pertemps family for a large part of my working life. Over the last 36 years, I have worked with her on many projects and have seen her flourish.  Pertemps is in safe hands with Carmen at the helm, and she is without doubt going to take the company to a new level of sustained growth.”  

Pertemps Ltd (the commercial and industrial arm of the Pertemps Network Group) is a £350m turnover business with over 100 branches across the UK. It provides recruitment services to private sector businesses and public sector organisations including small/medium sized business and larger blue chip companies.

Pertemps operates across a wide range of specialist sectors including IT, finance and legal as well as its traditional core recruitment of administration/PA/secretarial, industrial, warehouse operatives and driving. 

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