Strategic Accounts and Operations
Debra (Deb) Thorpe is senior vice president, Strategic Accounts and Operations (SAO), for Kelly Services®, a global leader in providing workforce solutions.
The SAO group is a key component of Kelly’s centralized account organization designed to provide consultative service to large customers that are increasingly buying and using workforce solutions to meet changing workforce needs. An engineer by education, Ms. Thorpe transitioned to the staffing industry nearly 20 years ago. After holding management positions with regional engineering and IT staffing companies, she joined Kelly Services in 2007 to oversee Kelly’s IT staffing business. She went on to hold leadership positions for Kelly® in U.S. Operations and Global Service before being named senior vice president for Kelly’s Centralized Operations Management team in 2014. In this role, she oversaw the delivery of outsourcing and consulting solutions provide through Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (KellyOCG®). Ms. Thorpe has been instrumental in supporting the rise of women colleagues at Kelly as a founding member of the Company’s internal business resource group, Leadership in Action (LIA). The group is dedicated to helping prepare and develop current and future leaders in the global marketplace. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and serves on the board of directors for HAVEN of Oakland County, a nonprofit organization for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. In 2012, Ms. Thorpe was recognized by Diversity Journal magazine in their annual “Women Worth Watching” issue.