HR Alloy Solidifies Expanded Executive Team

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Technology provider for recruitment process outsourcing preparing for rapid expansion.

HR recruitment process and assessment technology provider HR Alloy has established an enhanced leadership team to sustain their rapid growth. The company is the first to offer complete selection system authoring designed specifically for human resources professional service firms. After more than a decade of success in Canada, they are now poised to bring a new version of their core software platform, which offers unmatched flexibility and implementation speed, to a broader market.

“The response we have received from some of the largest HR consultancies and fastest-growing staffing firms has been very enthusiastic. I’m excited about the opportunity to lead a rapid expansion in the U.S., focusing on the relatively new Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) field,” explained Jean-Francois Gauthier, the new CEO. HR Outsourcing Today reports the U.S. market for RPO is conservatively estimated at $1 billion, within a broader HR outsourcing market of $55 billion. It is expected to grow by 30% annually as adoption increases and the underlying technologies evolve.

Gauthier continued, “We have a unique service model in which we do not compete with our customers, which allows them to focus on their business while we enable exceptional delivery through our technology.”


The firm was originally established in 1993 to provide custom software applications for human resources firms. The company’s extensive experience with both the process and content of assessment software, combined with an innovative, modular approach to development, led founder and CTO Paul Blanchard to create a new entity in 2004: HR Alloy.

As Blanchard explains, “Our early work with industrial organizational psychologists and later large-scale hiring projects helped us develop over time a proprietary language which in turn led us to create a specialized platform for authoring, delivering and managing selection systems that support professional services firms’ RPO business. While we are very proud of our R&D accomplishments to date, the true measure of our success is the growth and productivity our clients experience. ”


The new executives bring a broad range of experience in management, finance, and marketing. CEO Gauthier provides seasoned technology strategy and innovation management expertise, having advised top executives at several of the world’s leading technology companies. Donna Lehman joins the team as VP of Marketing, bringing deep HR industry experience including executive marketing positions at both established firms and technology start-ups. Veteran CFO Normand Rivard has accepted a Board position as Head of the Finance Committee. He is an expert in raising capital and managing technology companies for sustained growth.

What the team shares in common is their core understanding of what’s needed to build technology-based, sustained-growth companies. “This is not a simple business,” says CEO Gauthier. “The hiring process is highly complex, while the psychology-based assessment content is very technical. Because the market is so sophisticated, a successful team must deeply understand the process, content, technology – and our clients’ business as well. This extraordinary group of people can indeed do it all.”


The Montreal-based company has been extremely successful in its home market, and is already serving firms in the U.S., including one of the largest global HR consulting firms. In 2004 the Canadian government awarded the company a grant for their research and development. The new leadership team looks forward to sustaining this level of innovation while bringing their solutions to a much larger market. They plan to launch their next product in October, a revolutionary tool for creating realistic multimedia job simulations with unprecedented speed and ease.

“Looking forward, the opportunities for this company are compelling,” says Donna Lehman, VP, Marketing. “The use of automated screening and assessment has been growing slowly over the past few years, but need and adoption are increasing rapidly. Some of the stumbling blocks have been time and cost to build plus limited scalability. Now, with the increased capabilities of this flexible product suite and the specialized focus on HR consultancies, we’re positioned to be very successful.”


Jean-Francois Gauthier, CEO

Mr. Gauthier is a technology strategy and innovation management expert. He has extensive experience in fostering sustained corporate growth through a focus on superior customer service and aggressive investment in R&D.

Gauthier has advised the executives of 3 of the world’s 5 largest technology companies as well as several other Fortune 100 companies and software startups. Prior to joining HR Alloy, he was a partner with TSG Partners, a strategy and corporate finance consultancy. He previously founded Rapid Insight, and worked for Analysis Group, a firm long associated with some of the world’s leading technology strategy academics, and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and studied marketing at McGill University.

Donna Lehman, VP, Marketing

Ms. Lehman is a longtime marketing executive and consultant for HR-focused companies. She specializes in growth strategies for established firms as well as innovative young companies. She has particular expertise in mapping marketing strategies in emerging areas and in developing close and enduring relationships with a company’s client base.

Before joining HR Alloy, Lehman founded B-to-B marketing consultancy MarketUP, specializing in technology companies in the areas of screening and assessment, candidate management, and retirement services. She has also served as marketing director for HR consulting leader DDI, Internet recruiting pioneer iSearch, and investment giant TCW Group. In these positions she developed a deep understanding of the HR market and its technology issues, and managed corporate branding, public relations, and all aspects of marketing for multiple product launches.

Paul Blanchard, Founder and CTO

Mr. Blanchard founded HR Alloy (previously SHS, Inc.) 13 years ago to develop testing software solutions for HR professional services firms. An expert in executive recruitment and human resources technology, he is a leader in the development of web-based HR technology and services. In the early 90's he developed one of the first computer-based testing tools for industrial/organizational psychologists. Mr. Blanchard’s long experience working with HR professionals leads to a deep understanding of their diverse and complex needs, and an unmatched ability to translate them into tailored, easy-to-use technology solutions.

Prior to founding HR Alloy Mr. Blanchard was an entrepreneur and consultant in other software and high-technology sectors.

Normand Rivard, Head of Finance

Mr. Rivard brings a broad range of expertise in the management and financing of private and public high-technology companies. He is a dynamic and results-oriented leader with a strong track record in managing complex projects. He specializes in helping promising companies manage their growth as they scale up their operations and expand into new markets.

As Vice President, Finance for the successful e-prescription firm MOXXI Medical Inc., Mr. Rivard raised $4.5 million (USD) to grow the company from a McGill University research spin-off into one of the leading competitors in its field. Previously, he helped NSI Global acquire and integrate Vistar Telecommunications through more than $50 million (USD) in equity financing, transforming them from a niche player into a truly global company and tripling their revenue. He has also served as head of finance for software firms Speedware Corporation and OmniTicket Network, presiding over successful large-scale restructuring, acquisition, and expansion initiatives.


HR Alloy is the only provider of an advanced qualification management system

(QMS™) for HR professionals, which enables process automation, authoring and delivery of complete recruitment and assessment systems. Their unique, recruitment-specific business process language allows them to implement selection systems to meet specific organizational needs with unmatched speed and ease.

Their clients include FurstPerson, Inc., Right Management Consulting, Inc. and SPB Organizational Psychology, Inc.

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