Scottish Adventurer Sails back into Recruitment
A former UK IT recruitment business CEO has returned to the sector after 10 years of running a sailing training business in the Caribbean. Brian Forbes is now crossing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea to take on a new challenge as head of Bright Purple’s Central European operation in Lithuania.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in his native Scotland, Brian entered the IT recruitment sector in 1995. He worked with a number of firms including Bright Purple before going on to run Evolution IT and subsidiary Intagen, a globally focused IT consultancy which he co-founded in 1999. After exiting the business, in 2003his passion for sailing took him to the Caribbean where he and his wife set up Sail School Bahamas, a business which they grew and sold earlier this year after deciding to return to Europe for family reasons.
He will now head up the team of eight at Bright Purple’s Lithuanian-based operation in Vilnius which opened for trading in January 2012. His key focus is on developing business nationally and across Central Europe.
Brian said: “While I did immensely enjoy the last 10 years, I have always maintained a great passion for the recruitment sector and was delighted to be presented with this opportunity within a highly reputable, successful company which I know well and have huge respect for.
“I feel there are really significant opportunities for Bright Purple to increase its global business revenues. In Lithuania alone there are over 2000 companies which require IT expertise in-house. If you factor in the economic upturn we’re experiencing and skills shortages across the wider Central Europe region you get a feel for the growth potential.”
Bright Purple CEO, Nick Price said: “It’s great to be reunited with Brian. He’s a very personable yet driven individual whose track record in the UK recruitment sector speaks for itself. While we are seeing positive signs of growth for our Lithuanian operation, under his leadership I am confident we can really maximise the many opportunities that currently exist across Central Europe and beyond.”