Recruiter Nakama appoints Rob Sheffield as group CEO

Digital media and interactive recruitment specialists Nakama have appointed Asia Pacific head Rob Sheffield as its new group CEO.

The release:

Nakama Group plc, the publically quoted recruitment consultancy working across the UK, Europe, Asia, US and Australia providing staff for the web, interactive, digital media, IT and business change sectors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Sheffield as Group Chief Executive Officer, with immediate effect.

Rob has been a founding director of the Company since October 2009, when he jointly established Nakama Ltd in London and its subsidiaries in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), Singapore and Hong Kong with Paul Goodship, prior to its subsequent merger with AIM listed, IT recruitment specialist, Highams Systems Services Group plc, to create Nakama Group plc in October 2011.

He is an experienced senior executive with a track record in leading, sustaining and growing significant businesses, from both startup to more established enterprises. Rob has a strong knowledge of business, legal and operational requirements in Asia, Australia and Europe, successfully building teams to service the recruitment, digital, marketing, creative services & advertising industries.

He took an early lead in expanding Nakama’s operations into the Asia Pacific region and in June 2012, relocated to Australia to build the Company’s APAC service offering across Asia and Australia. This involved growing APAC staff numbers from 12 to 49 in three years, defining a vision, culture and putting in place a strategic roadmap for the business, both culturally and financially and training and developing key management individuals across the region. He has established and profitably grown the offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore and expanded trading into Shanghai and Bangkok. He has grown Nakama’s APAC contract revenue over the past three years by an average of over 40% year on year and APAC’s permanent revenue by 55% on average year on year and Increased Net Fee Income (NFI) 60% year on year.

Ken Ford, Non-executive Chairman, commented: “I am delighted that Rob has agreed to expand his CEO role in APAC to now comprise leadership across the Group as a whole.

“Over the past six years, Rob has played a key role in developing the Group, both in terms of our strategy, establishing focus, driving performance and embedding a disciplined and results driven approach that is serving us well. I am confident that Rob will lead the Group very effectively and that his drive, motivation and experience will deliver both value and results.”

Source: Nakama press release


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