Kelly Names Simons Chief Digital Officer
TROY, Mich. (July 12, 2021) – Kelly, a global leader in providing workforce solutions, today announced the appointment of Darren Simons as Chief Digital Officer. In this position, Simons has responsibility for leading an enterprise digitization roadmap, driving digital innovation that transforms and optimizes Kelly’s business processes, developing new tech-enabled customer and candidate-facing solutions, creating new business models, and improving both internal and external digital experiences. He reports directly to Kelly President and CEO Peter Quigley.
With a strong track record of driving digital innovation as well as leading enterprise-wide technology adoption and business transformation, Simons brings a wealth of technology and industry knowledge to Kelly’s global portfolio.
“Darren’s impressive combination of business and technology experience makes him the ideal candidate to lead Kelly’s digital strategy, including continuous assessment and identification of emerging opportunities,” said Quigley. “The pandemic has accelerated digital adoption across every industry, and it’s now more important than ever to align our progressive digital approach with our business strategy.”
With more than 25 years of global services and technology experience, Simons has held general management, innovation and other executive leadership positions at industry leading companies such as Manpower, Allegis, CDI and Cielo.
"Kelly’s commitment to innovation, service excellence and talent make it a highly attractive place to work," said Simons. "I am excited to help Kelly transform how companies manage rapidly shifting workforce demands and talent complexity in the digital age and creating 'what’s next' in the world of work.”
Simons holds an MBA with distinction from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and has also completed executive education programs at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the University of Wisconsin Lubar School of Business.
A sought-after speaker, he frequently presents on the topics of global business strategy, innovation, technology enabled services and human capital services.