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Talascend staffing firm gets new COO

Andrea Hopkey took up the position this month with 20 years of staffing industry experience, working in the engineering/construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, IT/technical, chemical, and oil and gas industries. She has worked at Adecco, and most recently as president responsible for all aspects of the business at Allstates Technical Services.

"She has a tremendous amount of staffing experience with some major players," says Jason Dawson, executive vice president of global administration for Talascend. "She has expertise in places we are growing, such as oil and gas."

Talascend got its start in 1946 as Modern Engineering. It specialized mainly in engineering and design work early in its life but has transitioned mostly to staffing in recent years. The company employs about 150 core staff after making some new hires of recruiters and other positions in the last year.

It routinely places 3,000 people in contract staffing jobs around the world, however, most of its staffing work is U.S.-based. Dawson still sees U.S.-based work as the firm’s biggest growth spot. Talascend has experienced double-digit growth since the end of the Great Recession, and Dawson doesn’t see why that streak would stop anytime soon.

"We see '14 already growing again," Dawson says.

Written by: Jon Zemke, Metromode

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