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Samuel Knight appoints chairman

Samuel Knight International is to extend its US operations with a new head office in Chicago.

The firm has also appointed James Barbour-Smith as chairman to help drive this growth. Barbour-Smith joins the agency, bringing with him a wealth of experience in working with numerous fast growing businesses to develop and implement their growth strategies. Drawing on almost twenty years in private equity investment and portfolio management involving over 50 companies in a broad range of sectors, Barbour-Smith also has an extensive background across the US and European markets.

Steve Rawlingson, CEO of Samuel Knight and president of Samuel Knight Corp, said, “We know from experience that the States offers a wealth of opportunity for rail, energy and infrastructure recruitment and as we’ve seen demand for our services increase in the US, expanding our physical presence across the States made complete sense. Now really is the time for excelled growth for us which is why we’re investing in these four new offices - with the potential for more to be opened further down the line.”

Barbour-Smith added, "There’s huge investment in offshore and onshore energy in the US at the moment. Given the firm’s global experience in attracting niche talent in these fields, Samuel Knight is undoubtedly well placed to support business across the States and deliver the results that reflect this investment. I look forward to working with the team as Chairman in this exciting period of growth.

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