Executive Search Firm Gerard Stewart Secures Trent Beekman as CEO of ettain group

November 5, 2018 – Executive search firm Gerard Stewart has placed Trent Beekman as Chief Executive Officer of staffing firm ettain group. The search and placement was led by Gerard Stewart Founder and Managing Partner Lisa Maxwell.

Prior to accepting this role, Beekman led Modis North America’s retail temporary staffing and permanent placement business. He was a leader within The Adecco Group’s North American finance and office organization for the past 15 years, most recently as senior VP – Eastern zone for the Accounting Principals, Ajilon and Parker+Lynch brands.

Beekman’s appointment comes as Jeff Harris, former CEO and ettain group co-founder, moves into a chairman role for the company.

“Trent’s experience will lead ettain group through its next pivotal phase of growth,” said Harris. “His personal philosophies and vision strongly align with the values-driven, competitive, quality-based culture and company ettain group is. We weren’t necessarily looking for someone with experience in our industry; we needed a great leader to keep the momentum going. We were fortunate that in Trent we got both.”

Founded in 1996 by Harris and Brian Deblitz and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, ettain group currently has eight offices in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and in Texas. With revenues exceeding $100 million, ettain is a leader in the industry, most recently ranking no.34 on Staffing Industry Analysts’ list of Largest IT Staffing Companies. They also won Inavero’s Best of Staffing Diamond Awards for both Client and Talent Satisfaction earlier this year for winning in both categories for over 5 years in a row.

“After recapitalizing with New Mainstream Capital, ettain group was looking for someone who could preserve the company culture and values while leading them into their next phase of growth and expansion,” said Maxwell. “Trent Beekman’s wealth of experience in professional services, including having lead a large portfolio of business for The Adecco Group, is exceptional. He’s a great fit for ettain group.”


About Gerard Stewart
As an international leader in executive search, Gerard Stewart focuses on recruitment for C-suite executives in the human capital space, including for private equity firms, HR technology, HR services, and talent solutions companies.

The team at Gerard Stewart advises client companies on recruiting and retaining outstanding leaders and helps mitigate the risks involved with senior level appointments. The firm has completed engagements across the global human capital landscape. Its prestigious client list includes firms in staffing, workforce management, human capital consulting, information technology services, vendor management software, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), managed service providers (MSP), professional services and outsourcing. Gerard Stewart leverages deep industry expertise and an extensive network of human capital executives to ensure access to leading candidates in chosen markets.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Gerard Stewart has offices in London and Menlo Park, Calif. For more information, visit www.gerardstewart.com.


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