Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (“Volt” or “the Company”) (NYSE-MKT:VISI), a global staffing and outsource technology services company, announced it has hired over the last several months, four pivotal senior executives and promoted another, strengthening Volt’s top leadership as the company moves forward on its growth and profitability strategies. Joining the company are Jorge Perez, President of Volt’s North American Staffing Business – Volt Workforce Solutions (VWS); Sue Tidswell, Senior Vice President Sales of VWS; Ann Hollins, Chief Human Resources Officer; and Chuck Sperazza, Chief Information Officer. In addition, Rhona Driggs has been promoted to President of Volt Consulting Group (VCG), Volt’s MSP service business, in addition to maintaining responsibility as Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations for VWS.
"Perhaps the most important part of our effort to strengthen and grow Volt is to have the strongest team possible to lead the company and its businesses. I am pleased to announce that we have brought in world-class talent to take this company forward and drive results," said Michael Dean, Volt’s CEO. "Jorge Perez, Rhona Driggs, and Sue Tidswell are key executives now tasked with the critical roles of growing our operating businesses. Jorge, with his deep experience successfully growing staffing businesses in North America, will provide the leadership necessary to bring our staffing business back to growth and profitability. Sue, with a long, successful career building sales organizations in and out of the staffing business, will work with Jorge to drive our reinvestment in, and bring focus and discipline to our sales and client strategies, which are essential to Volt’s top line growth. Rhona’s career-long industry knowledge and experience, along with her ability to productively work across the various Volt businesses to drive results, makes her uniquely fit to drive growth again in our MSP business.
"Furthermore, our corporate organization has been significantly strengthened with the addition of both Ann Hollins and Chuck Sperazza. Ann, with world-class HR experience, will take a senior role in leading enterprise-wide cultural change, continue building strength in our leadership team, developing organizational effectiveness in critical growth areas, and aligning recognition and reward practices – all key components of Volt’s turnaround. Chuck Sperazza, with notable experience successfully implementing several company-wide ERP projects for other companies, is now leading the implementation of the rebuild of Volt’s entire enterprise technology systems and delivery, which will drive needed efficiency and competitive advantage for years to come."
Dean concluded, “I am confident that these executives are the right leaders – both on a personal and professional level – to deliver on our strategy. They are exceptionally talented and bring a record of proven leadership achievements in their respective fields, and together they will bring a fresh perspective to Volt’s business. When combined with Volt’s already strong in-place team, these leadership changes will intensify our ability to increase shareholder value, while providing outstanding service to our clients and employees. Many of the largest companies in the world depend on Volt and we want to ensure we are providing them with the highest quality service in everything we do. The best way to support our clients’ success is to hire the best. I am extremely pleased that each of these leaders are part of our executive team."
Jorge Perez, President of Volt Workforce Solutions – Mr. Perez joins Volt following a highly successful tenure of over 20 years in the global staffing industry across the Americas, most recently with Manpower. He began his career with Manpower in Mexico and moved up the organization in progressively more responsible leadership roles, ultimately to the position of Senior Vice President ManpowerGroup North America and a member of the company’s Global Leadership team. In his role as Senior Vice President, Mr. Perez led a successful business transformation which resulted in growing revenues and expanding profitability by creating redefined sales and delivery channels, shared services, and a central sourcing model. While building the business, Mr. Perez also dedicated his time to create organizations with programs designed to build work opportunities for people with disabilities, youth, and women in disadvantage across the Americas.
Mr. Perez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from La Salle University in Mexico City, and has participated in several executive programs in Europe, Mexico, and the U.S.
Rhona Driggs, President of Volt Consulting Group, Executive Vice President of Volt Workforce Solutions - Ms. Driggs has over 25 years of senior executive experience leading sales and operations in the staffing industry. Throughout her tenure at Volt, Ms. Driggs has demonstrated her ability to collaborate, influence and gain support of key stakeholders and senior executives, in order to drive change and management initiatives throughout the organization.
Ms. Driggs’ most recent experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of VWS North America, where she was responsible for all Commercial and Technical staffing offices, overseeing sales and recruiting, including MSP/VMS, strategic account management, and operations solutions. Her success in leading teams and managing client relationships has allowed Ms. Driggs to assume oversight of many of Volt’s largest enterprise accounts. Ms. Driggs began her career at Volt as a Regional Manager in 1996, opening the company to several new markets, including her native Minneapolis. Prior to joining Volt, Ms. Driggs was with Kelly Services, where she led Kelly’s Western Region Partnered Staffing Sales Team and received the highest level Strategic Sales Award for her work with large MSP clients.
Ms. Driggs is a current Board Member for the Staffing Innovation Xchange, and recently presented at the TechServe Conference on successfully engaging in a MSP/VMS environment.
Sue Tidswell, Senior Vice President Sales of Volt Workforce Solutions – As an experienced staffing professional, and an expert in global sales leadership with more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Tidswell has established herself as a leader in successfully building exceptional sales organizations from the ground up, while transforming average sales organizations into high performing sales teams.
Ms. Tidswell joins Volt from CRO Holdings, an executive search and consulting company that she founded in 2014. Her prior experience includes seven years as Vice President, General Manager Global Sales for ManpowerGroup, where she led Manpower’s U.S. sales practice, and was responsible for sales strategy and client revenue growth. Her prior experience also includes senior leadership roles with RR Donnelley, including Executive Vice President Sales, and Executive Vice President Sales Financial Services.
Ms. Tidswell holds a degree in Print and Business Management from the London College of Printing. She also attended Ashridge Business School in Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom.
Ann Hollins, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer - With 25 years of world-class HR experience, Ms. Hollins has built a distinguished reputation for enabling large-scale change through her seasoned business capabilities, extensive expertise in the field of human resources and her passion to build the organizational effectiveness needed to deliver long-term and sustainable business growth.
Most recently, Ms. Hollins served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Weight Watchers International where she guided the company’s successful organizational transformation across the firm’s global footprint. She led the executive team to drive significant and meaningful cultural change by crafting a new vision, defining their leadership competency strategy, and managing the company's talent to critical growth areas. Prior to her role at Weight Watchers, Ms. Hollins spent seven years in progressively senior roles at Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company, including Global Chief Learning and Development Officer, and Vice President, Human Resources, Marketing and Refining. Before joining Hess, she held senior leadership roles at Tyco International, Dun & Bradstreet, and PepsiCo.
Ms. Hollins holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from the University of Iowa.
Chuck Sperazza, Chief Information Officer – Mr. Sperazza joins Volt with over 25 years of experience in IT, including 12 years as CIO of multi-billion dollar companies. His experience spans multiple industries in global companies with diverse cultural, business and technical environments, driving the development and delivery of world-class, large scale systems and services, as well as technology architecture that enables business strategy.
Most recently, Mr. Sperazza served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Nature’s Sunshine, where he led a team of technology professionals for a premier nutritional supplement manufacturing company with business operations in 44 countries throughout EMEA, APAC, North America and Latin America. His prior experience includes Senior Vice President Information Technology with Apria Healthcare; Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer with Herbalife International; and Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Agere Systems, where he led 250+ technology professionals of a $2 billion leading semi-conductor manufacturer in all aspects of IT strategy.
Mr. Sperazza holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Connecticut.
Volt Consulting Group, the managed services provider (MSP) and contingent workforce solutions business of Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (VISI) announced today that it will be sponsoring the 2015 Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit from October 19-20. Hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts, the North American event brings corporate buyers and contingent workforce program managers together for two days at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX.
“We’re extremely pleased to participate in the 2015 CWS Summit,” says Stephanie Elliott, Chief Operating Officer of Volt Consulting Group. “It’s always a privilege to meet with our clients and colleagues in the contingent staffing industry and discuss new strategies in risk mitigation, talent quality, and cost management.”
Leadership representatives from Volt Consulting Group will be at booth #4 for the duration of the Summit.
New York, NY, March 25, 2015 – Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (NYSEMKT: VISI) today announced that Paul Tomkins has been named Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Mr. Tomkins brings over 20 years of finance expertise to Volt Information Sciences. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of finance and accounting and played an integral role in managing a number of important non-core business divestitures.
“Paul is an experienced and talented leader whose track record demonstrates not only his keen understanding of business and finance, but also his ability to deliver strategic change,” said Ron Kochman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident that Paul will contribute meaningfully to our Company’s success as we continue to make progress on our strategic priorities and deliver value to our shareholders.”
Mr. Tomkins commented, “Volt is at an important point in its development and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the Company’s future success. It is clear that we have an opportunity to enhance shareholder value considerably as we work to achieve a more highly focused and profitable Volt in the years ahead.”
Prior to his role at Reader’s Digest, Mr. Tomkins spent 27 years at AT&T, where he most recently served as the Vice President and Controller of AT&T Business Solutions and previously held a number of other strategic planning and financial management positions. Mr. Tomkins is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the NJ Society of CPAs. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in International Finance from Seton Hall University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rider College.
New York, NY—Volt Consulting Group, the managed service program (MSP) and contingent workforce solutions business of Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (VISI) announced today that they have been named to HRO Today's 2014 MSP Baker's Dozen list.
MSP providers were rated on the breadth of their service, program size under management, and the quality of service provided by the MSP. Participation in HRO's survey was limited to HR and Procurement professionals who are current buyers of MSP services. The MSP Baker's Dozen list, which is published in HRO Today magazine, ranks the top providers in the MSP industry. The magazine will highlight the results in its May 2014 issue. The survey results produced an elite group of 13 MSP providers that excelled in all areas measured by HRO Today.
"Volt Consulting Group is honored to be included in HRO Today's 2014 MSP Baker's Dozen. The results of the survey are confirmation that our clients are getting measurable value from our strategic managed services programs," said Stephanie Elliott, Chief Operating Officer, Volt Consulting Group. "This ranking is also a direct reflection of the importance we place on providing exceptional service to our clients as we work with them to manage their contingent workforce, from traditional temporary labor to project-based statement of work teams and outsourced service providers."
Bryan Berndt has joined Volt Information Sciences as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer.
Bryan comes to Volt from Reader’s Digest Association, where he served as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to his role at Reader’s Digest, Bryan spent four years at Bowne & Co. as Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. He brings more than 20 years of accounting and finance expertise to his role at Volt, with an extensive background in accounting, SEC reporting, and investor relations. Paul Tomkins, Volt’s recently appointed CFO, said, “I have worked with Bryan for several years during his tenure at Reader’s Digest. Bryan’s integrity, expertise, and qualifications for this role are outstanding, and I am pleased that he has made a decision to join all of us at Volt. He will be a very valuable addition to our executive team.”
Bryan is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Global Management Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Taxation from the Fordham Graduate School of Business Administration.
ORANGE, CA, December 19, 2014 — Volt Workforce Solutions, the staffing business unit of Volt Information Sciences, Inc., is pleased to announce that employee Thomas Sutton has been named the 2015 National Staffing Employee of the Year.
Sutton sought employment in the staffing industry to find a career that offered work-life flexibility and professional satisfaction. Volt recognized that Sutton's advanced mechanical design skills and aerospace experience were ideal to place him on assignment in the aerospace industry, where Sutton currently designs launch pad infrastructure and ground support equipment.
Sutton's story embodies an industry key message: flexibility. Sutton has been given the opportunity to continue to provide his expertise as a mechanical designer, while maintaining the flexibility to minimize extended periods of time away from his home.
"All of us at Volt are extremely pleased that one of our tenured field employees has been chosen as the National Staffing Employee of the Year," says Ron Kochman, chief executive officer of Volt Information Sciences. "It is the dedication of individuals like Tom who are the backbone of our company, and for our clients, Tom's expertise has contributed to the development of impressive new technologies. We are proud to call him a Volt employee and congratulate Tom on this award."
Sutton was formally honored and celebrated by staffing industry professionals from around the country on Oct. 14 at a recognition ceremony during Staffing World® 2014, the ASA annual convention and expo and will be featured as the cover story for the January edition of ASA's Staffing Magazine.