Alexander Mann Solutions shifts CEO to Chair and welcomes new leadership

Katherine Fanning

November 13, 2019

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Alexander Mann Solutions, provider of talent acquisition and management services, has announced the appointment of David Leigh as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 11th November 2019. He succeeds Rosaleen Blair CBE, Founder, and CEO, who becomes Chair of the Company’s Board.

Alexander Mann Solutions, founded by Rosaleen Blair in 1996, partners with its clients to deliver value through its outsourcing and consulting services. Over the last 22 years, it has grown to more than 4,500 employees operating in more than 100 countries globally. Acquired by OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in Ontario, Canada in 2018, the business is uniquely positioned for further growth by delivering a broad range of talent acquisition and management services to clients in the ever-changing future world of work.

Rosaleen Blair said:

“I have worked closely with our Board over the last twelve months to identify the right individual to lead our business for the next stage of our evolution, and I am delighted to welcome David Leigh to the Alexander Mann Solutions family as our next Chief Executive Officer. I have great confidence in both David and the phenomenal talent that exists throughout the company. I’m looking forward to supporting him, the Board and the entire organization in the years ahead. My passion for, and commitment to Alexander Mann Solutions remains as strong now as it has ever been, and I am so proud of everything we have achieved to date. I believe the world of work is going to see seismic change as a result of technological, demographic and cultural shifts.  Our role – partnering with our clients to design and maintain dynamic workforces that are true strategic assets in a digitally optimized world – requires us to continue to innovate, embracing new technologies to be an agile partner to our clients. I see my new role as helping David to set strategy and will work closely with our clients to ensure they get the best from Alexander Mann Solutions.”

David Leigh was most recently Chair and, prior to that, CEO of the leading international education provider, Study Group, and CEO of talent assessment and analytics specialist, SHL.

He said of his appointment:

“I am delighted to be joining Alexander Mann Solutions, and to be partnering with Rosaleen and with OMERS.  Alexander Mann Solutions is at the forefront of helping clients attract, engage and retain the talent they need, and I am excited to be joining an organization with the opportunity to continue leading the market in the next wave of talent innovation. Alexander Mann Solutions has an unsurpassed ability to support clients in delivering strategic and agile workforce solutions, and I believe strongly this will be ever more in demand as the world of work continues to go through exponential change. The values-based culture of Alexander Mann Solutions and the undoubtable breadth and depth of its talented individuals is a strong foundation on which to build, and I am thrilled to be joining such a great team.”

Jonathan Mussellwhite, European Head of OMERS Private Equity, said:

“Rosaleen has been an inspirational and visionary leader for Alexander Mann Solutions and is widely recognized for pioneering the industry in which it operates. Rosaleen’s appointment as Chair is at an exciting stage in the evolution of the company and we are looking forward to continuing to partner with her in her new role and as a significant shareholder and investor in the business. I am delighted to welcome David to Alexander Mann Solutions. His appointment as CEO brings not just a great successor to Rosaleen, but someone with expertise in leveraging technology and data to drive company performance. We believe the company is exceptionally well placed for its next phase of growth and are looking forward to working with Rosaleen and David over the coming years.”

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