Nelson Welcomes New Executive Vice President

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Chandra Pappas, proven staffing industry leader, joins Nelson as Executive Vice President.

Nelson, one of the largest independent community focused staffing companies in the U.S., has today announced the appointment of Chandra Pappas as Executive Vice President. In this role, Chandra will oversee, and be responsible for, all company operational functions–including Nelson’s specialty divisions in accounting/finance and tech. She will focus on increasing revenue, creating profitable growth and building upon the longstanding Nelson culture that prioritizes delivering exceptional service to Nelson’s clients and candidates.

Chandra is a recognized staffing industry leader with a proven track record of building, growing, and leading teams that consistently achieve business deliverables, metrics and goals. Over the course of her 20-year career in talent management, she has developed and executed high-level strategies and plans that have helped organizations–ranging from a boutique agency to an international staffing firm–gain market share and increase profitability. This balance of specialized focus and enterprise operations allows Chandra to bring a unique perspective to her new role at Nelson. Her leadership and staffing experience will help contribute to Nelson’s innovative client and candidate solutions.

“It’s an honor for me to step into this role at Nelson,” said Chandra. “I have admired this company and their reputation in the staffing industry. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to offer my expertise and leadership.”

In her previous role as Senior Vice President for a Fortune 500 Global company, she was instrumental in improving profitability while growing the company’s client base. She is known for her proven ability to build relationships with clients as well as her superior track record of developing top talent, increasing employee engagement, coaching leaders, and facilitating team building.

“Chandra brings a wealth of experience and success to her new role at Nelson at a time of great growth and opportunity,” said current Nelson EVP, Joe Madigan, who will become the Nelson CEO effective January 1, 2018. “I am excited to partner with Chandra and work together to lead our organization to even greater success.”

About Nelson:

For over 45 years, Nelson–headquartered in Sonoma, CA–has provided innovative workforce solutions to help companies efficiently build and manage their teams. From staffing and recruiting to payrolling, we collaboratively identify and construct flexible, scalable programs to help our partners rapidly adjust to shifting workforce needs and priorities. We serve companies and organizations of all sizes in nearly all industries, throughout California and beyond, with specialized teams dedicated to general staffing, accounting and finance, technology, and much more.

As a family-owned business and one of the largest independent staffing companies in the U.S., we are committed to involvement and investment in the communities where we live, work, and play. Through our community-focused initiatives and our partnerships with companies and candidates, we’re not only matching talented, hardworking people with companies who need them; we’re building the future world of work. We get business. We get careers. We get work.

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