When Peter Quigley was named president and CEO of Kelly®, a specialty workforce solutions provider that connects vital talent with great companies, he knew he wanted to focus on creating enriching employment opportunities for more people around the world. Under his leadership, Kelly is championing today’s temporary workers and providing a best-in-class experience to organizations in need of their skills.
A life-long believer in the dignity of work, Peter witnessed at a young age what it means to overcome barriers and create a better future through employment. As a young boy, he witnessed his single mother working part-time jobs to make ends meet before leading her own marketing firm. That experience ignited his passion for flexible, nontraditional ways of working and today drives him to help workers and companies thrive together.
Prior to being named CEO in 2019, Peter held the role of executive vice president of Kelly and served as president of Global Staffing and as a general manager responsible for aligning Kelly corporate functions to the company’s growth strategies. In his 18 years with Kelly, he has also held executive leadership positions across operations, global sales, and account management; has served as the company’s general counsel; has overseen a full breadth of corporate functions; has been a chief architect of the company’s strategy; and has played a pivotal role in executing its mergers and acquisitions, including a joint venture in APAC and the expansion of Kelly’s education practice in the U.S.
His experiences—and his time spent with both clients and talent on assignment—have made Peter a passionate advocate for speed, innovation, and agility in an industry that faces constant disruption. These traits are central to Kelly’s new way of organizing the company to accelerate growth in chosen specialties such as science, engineering, education, office, contact center, light industrial, and more.
Peter leverages his industry knowledge, and passion for helping connect people to work on multiple fronts.
At Kelly, he inspired the company’s Equity@Work platform, which seeks to upend systemic barriers to employment and make the U.S. labor market more equitable and accessible for more people. He also serves as a member of Kelly’s board of directors.
Beyond Kelly, Peter serves on the boards of the American Staffing Association, the Detroit Economic Club, and the Detroit Regional Chamber. He is a member of the Chamber's Executive Committee and serves as chair of its CEO Talent Council.
Peter’s work has earned him the designation of a "Staffing 100" leader by Staffing Industry Analysts for four consecutive years (2017-2020).
Before joining Kelly, Peter held a variety of roles at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Corporation. He practiced law early in his career after earning his Juris Doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the District of Columbia Bar.
Apart from spending as much time as possible with his wife and children, Peter is an avid runner who also enjoys crossword puzzles, podcasts, euchre, Michigan craft beer, and an occasional round of golf.