People: Employ Inc., American Staffing Association, High Trail, Heidrick, Robert Half, Globalization Partners, Boyden, SkillGigs, Spherion, WorkLLama, Checkr, Buffkin/Baker, Elite Consulting


Employ Inc. named Kirsten Maas Helvey as president and general manager of its Jobvite business. Most recently, Helvey was CEO and co-founder of Instil and prior to that spent 15 years at Cornerstone OnDemand. Helvey will report to CEO Pete Lamson. Other business lines at Employ Inc. include JazzHR, Lever and NXTThing RPO.

The American Staffing Association announced Dave Freeman has been named its chief marketing officer. Freeman has been a marketing and communications professional for more than 20 years. He will oversee branding and marketing efforts for the association.

Morgan Kavanagh, founder and former executive VP of Specialist Staffing Group, the US business unit of SThree plc, launched High Trail Inc., a technology staffing firm. SThree’s former chief sales officer, David Rees, was named an investor in High Trail.

Heidrick and Struggles International Inc. (NASDAQ: HSII) appointed Jonathan McBride as global managing partner of the firm’s global diversity, equity and inclusion practice. McBride is a former head of the President Personnel Office in the Obama White House. McBride joined Heidrick in 2021.

Robert Half International Inc. promoted George Denlinger to operational president, overseeing US operations for technology, marketing and legal talent solutions. Denlinger has been with Robert Half for 24 years. He has held several leadership roles, including regional VP for technology and creative talent solutions, district president for the legal practice group and, most recently, operational president for professional talent solutions in the Central US.

Globalization Partners appointed Rahul Goyal as VP of platform and head of India engineering. Goyal has 30 years of experience, including at companies such as VMware, TurboTax, Mint and Oracle.

Executive search firm Boyden named Nick Bellwood as global practice leader, healthcare and life sciences. Bellwood has 20 years of experience and is based in London.

SkillGigs Inc. named Michael “Mike” Drake as controller and VP of finance. Drake most recently served as CFO for a private school; he has more than three decades of experience.

Ebony Walker and Fritz Valsaint are the new owners of Spherion Staffing and Recruiting’s South Atlanta office.

WorkLLama appointed Joss O’Brart to lead sales in the UK and Europe. O’Brart has nearly 23 years of experience in the contingent workforce space, including at firms such as ManpowerGroup and SAP Fieldglass.

Checkr named Lindsey Scrase as chief revenue officer. Scrase formerly served as global managing director of Google Cloud for SMB, mid-market and startups. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience.

Megan Shepherd Berlinger was named associate partner in executive search firm Buffkin/Baker’s healthcare practice. Berlinger is a founding partner of the Elevate Institute and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also serves as president and board member at the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators.

Elite Consulting Partners announced that Michael Ryan is taking on the role of VP, mergers and acquisitions. Ryan has more than 30 years of experience.