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The Adecco Group appoints chief digital officer

The Adecco Group has appointed Teppo Paavola as its chief digital officer and member of the executive committee, effective 14th January 2019. 

In the newly created role of chief digital officer, Paavola will oversee the Adecco Group’s portfolio of fast-growing digital businesses, including Adia, Vettery and YOSS. He will be responsible for expanding and scaling these businesses to ensure the Adecco Group is the clear leader in the digital HR landscape of the future. Paavola will also work to build more synergies between the Group’s online and offline businesses, and to further develop opportunities with leading technology partners.

Paavola, a Finnish national, brings extensive experience in building and scaling successful digital businesses, as both a founder-entrepreneur and within large organisations. He was most recently chief development officer and general manager of new digital businesses at BBVA Group, and has previously held senior business and corporate development, partnering and business unit leadership roles at PayPal, Nokia and GE Capital. Paavola holds an MBA from INSEAD and a master’s degree in economics from Helsinki School of Economics. He will be based at the Adecco Group’s global headquarters, in Zurich.

Alain Dehaze, CEO of Adecco Group, said, “Teppo is a proven leader with a strong track-record of establishing and growing digital start-ups, including within multinational organisations. As part of our ‘Perform, Transform, Innovate’ strategy, the Adecco Group is establishing leading global platforms that span the complete HR solutions space, including online staffing, digital permanent recruitment and freelance. As these new digital businesses scale up and expand geographically, Teppo’s knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable asset.”

Paavola added, “Technology is redefining the boundaries of the HR solutions industry and transforming the world of work.

“The Adecco Group has already begun to embrace this significant opportunity, embedding digital at the heart of everything it does. I am very excited to join its journey and look forward to leveraging my experience in digital transformation, across multiple industries and geographies, to make my own contribution to the future of work.”

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