Former SFN Group Executive To Lead Fortium's Atlanta Practice


Strategy | Operations | IT Leadership

ATLANTA, GEORGIA June 10, 2015 / - FORTIUM PARTNERS, the world’s fastest growing provider of IT Turnaround and Leadership Services, has announced that long-time services industry executive Richard Harris has been hired to develop and lead the firm's practice in Atlanta. Harris brings unprecedented talent to the position and the region.

Richard Harris served as Chief Information Officer for SFN Group, Inc. (SFN), a $2 billion North American staffing company and one of the top five staffing companies in the country in most major employment categories.  Richard led the firm's IT organization of more than 100 individuals with an annual budget ranging from $25mm to $35mm prior to the company’s merger with Randstad Holding n.v.  Under Harris' direction, the IT organization served over 400 locations across the US and Canada for SFN, a leading member of the staffing industry in social media endeavors and mobile recruiting.  Richard continued on to play a key role as a part of the integration management team responsible for merging Randstad and SFN into the resulting top three North American staffing company by revenue in most employment categories.

Previously, Mr. Harris was the CIO of Hudson Highland Group, Inc.  Hudson is a global staffing, retained executive search and talent management company.  Richard was responsible for the corporation’s worldwide IT strategy and implementation. During his tenure, Richard was responsible for integrating more than 50 acquisitions worldwide.  Prior to Hudson, Richard was the CIO of Spring Group, PLC, a London-based global human capital management company.  Richard was responsible for all aspects of the corporation’s IT operations and strategy and was a member of the Spring Management Board.  Richard has also held CIO positions at TRS Staffing Services (Interim CIO) in Salem, NH (a business unit of Fluor Corporation), and TAC Worldwide in Newton, MA. Richard started his career in the finance industry, with ten years at Bank of Boston and Fidelity Investments, where he served as Director of Information Technology.

Tim McCracken, Fortium's Chairman and CEO, states: "Opening strong in the Atlanta market is key for Fortium. We recognize it as a market that has a lot of demand for top IT talent and is underserved. If we are to maintain the brand we have established across the U.S., we know iIt is imperative that we recruit partners locally that are viewed as the top IT leaders in the area. Further, the value we offer in senior-level IT services to the Atlanta market now and well into the future must be recognized at all times as the finest available. Our reputation depends on it. We are thrilled that we have been able to recruit one of the most respected names in IT talent in Atlanta and the surrounding areas to lead that effort."

Richard Harris comments: ”I have spent the better part of my thirty-year career working in and around services organizations that provide IT talent to the market, and I have seen name-brand practitioners go in and out the doors. Never have I seen so many professionals with top pedigrees inside a single organization as I have seen here at Fortium... and to be able to offer their capabilities to address serious IT needs of our clients is what makes this opportunity so thoroughly exciting."

Richard Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

FORTIUM PARTNERS, LP 

FORTIUM is an IT turnaround and technology leadership services firm focused on providing world-class resources to clients with the most complex issues. FORTIUM serves public and private companies across a variety of industries, placing expert project teams and operational leadership resources in technology-related roles. FORTIUM resources have 25 or more years of technology experience, most recently in a senior leadership role.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, FORTIUM also operates from offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and London, U.K.

For more information, please contact:  

Burke Autrey | 972 827 8137 | burke.autrey at fortiumpartners.com | www.fortiumpartners.com 

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