Kenexa, a leading provider of recruitment and retention solutions, has appointed the recently retired head of British Army recruiting to spearhead its expansion into the government sector.

Andrew Jackson has joined Kenexa as Vice President of Government Solutions. Previously a Brigadier in command of the British Army’s Recruiting Group, which enlists around 20,000 men and women each year, he managed a £60m operating budget and 2,000 people. He led the One Army Recruiting change programme to integrate and improve the business of Regular and Territorial Army recruiting.

In his new role, based in London, he will extend the global capability of Kenexa’s existing Government Solutions business. His responsibilities include promoting Kenexa’s recruitment process outsourcing, integrated talent management, skills/behavioural assessments and employee survey products and services to government clients across the world.

Mr. Jackson joined the British Army in 1973. He served in the 1991 Gulf War and in Northern Ireland and held staff appointments throughout the UK and in Hong Kong. He also commanded the Army’s regional brigade in Scotland, including the military operation to provide support during the national fireman’s strike in 1996.

Eric Lochner, Managing Director of Kenexa in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Andrew revolutionised the British Army’s approach to recruiting, by changing the way it is resourced, conducted and managed. He is an energetic leader, who understands the market, and his extensive experience will help us to grow our government sector business.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Jackson said, “Kenexa has been a first choice provider to blue chip organisations for more than 20 years. I’m joining at an exciting time as governments around the world increasingly look to outsource HR tasks, such as recruitment. I am confident that public services will benefit from Kenexa’s expertise and solutions for government business. We can help them to recruit the right people, make the best use of their experience, cut costs and maximise the contribution of their HR spend.”

Established in 1987, Kenexa has 1,400 employees, in 17 countries, and over 4,400 clients worldwide.

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