• Volt’s management team possesses significant recruitment industry experience and leads by example to inspire other employees to continually exceed customer expectations and live by the company’s values.  

    Richard Herring – Managing Director / Senior Vice President (EMEA & Asia)

    Richard joined Volt in January 2006 and was appointed Managing Director for Europe and Asia in 2010.  With more than 25 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, and particular expertise in professional practices such as IT and Engineering, Richard understands the challenges faced by organisations in sourcing the right talent in a highly competitive business climate.  Richard also has extensive knowledge of running multi-sited operations across international markets, and experience in the provision of managed service and recruitment process outsourced solutions.

    With a passion for service quality and continuous improvement, Richard is a Six Sigma Champion and has twice been elected to serve three year terms on the Board of the industry trade association APSCo (the Association of Professional Staffing Companies).  He held the role of Deputy Chair in 2008 and Chair for the term in 2009/2010.  Richard was named as one of two Individual Contributors to APSCo in 2009 in recognition of his support for the association.

    Julie Smith - Operations Director / Vice President, Volt Consulting Group (EMEA)

    Julie was appointed Operations Director for Volt’s EMEA Managed Service Programmes in 2010, having originally joined the company in 1990. She is responsible for the Sales Strategy for new business, implementation and delivery of managed programmes, providing contract placements, permanent placements and Statement of Works (SOWs) to clients globally, via Managed Service Programme (MSP) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solutions. She has been instrumental in enabling Volt’s clients to expand their operations in new territories across Europe, meeting the challenges of introducing structured programmes and services in different cultural, legal and social environments.

    As a Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Project Champion, Julie is focused on driving continuous improvement and ongoing process efficiencies for Volt’s clients, whilst ensuring they benefit from full visibility and accountability in their hiring strategies.

    Francois Debertrand - Finance Director - International

    Francois joined Volt in October 2013 as Finance Director - International. With more than 20 years’ experience of financial roles in a multinational environment, he has covered operations spreading from California to New Zealand, and Norway to South Africa. 

    He started his career in France before moving to the UK after a short spell in the US, and also worked for three years in the Netherlands. Francois gained exposure to the recruitment industry as the CFO for Europe at Monster, where he was a key contributor to a large-scale expansion across Europe, and also took responsibility for the staffing and executive search divisions of the group in southern Europe.

    Francois has a passion for managing change and challenging situations in multinational fast paced environments. His favourite quote is from Seneca: "If a man does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favourable to him."

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