Hays US
Executive leadership team

Our leadership team across the US are accomplished experts in the recruitment industry. View our blog today for their keen insight and advice into the US job market, specializing in key industries and sectors such as IT, construction, property & facilities management, and life sciences, to name only a few.

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David Brown, CEO & Managing Director

Learn more about David Brown EVP of Hays USDavid is responsible for leading all Hays operations in the US and is a  20 year veteran of the staffing industry. Prior to his role as head of Hays US, David worked in various roles in sales, sales management and executive management. David lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children and is an active supporter of several local charities throughout the Atlanta area.


Alex Powell, Senior Vice President

Alex Powell Headshot |Hays USAlex is responsible for the Construction & Property, Engineering and Life Sciences business streams across the USA. With 20 years recruitment experience Alex has managed businesses in the UK, New Zealand, Canada & the USA, having helped set-up Hays in the latter two countries. During his career he has successfully led multi-discipline recruitment teams in multiple locations specifically setting up IT, Construction & Property, Accountancy & Finance & Engineering in the USA. His experience covers temp & perm and utilizing both 360 & 180 recruitment models. Alex is a graduate of Anglia University (UK) with a BA (Hons) in Business, since 2012 Alex has lived in New York City with his wife & daughter.


Sara Nichols, Chief Operating Officer

Sara Nichols is Chief Operating Officer of Hays USSara is responsible for all operational and non-sales functions for Hays US. Sara started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen before finding her way into the professional staffing industry, where she has spent a total of 13 years. During that time, she has served in multiple financial and operational roles, including both Chief Accounting Officer and SVP of IT Solutions for a large publicly traded staffing firm. Throughout her career, Sara has held leadership roles involving acquisitions, integrations, business process management, accounting, SEC reporting, financial and strategic planning, and information technology.

Outside of work, Sara is an active supporter of United Way Suncoast, serving as a member of the Investment Committee and a co-chair of the Tocqueville Cabinet. She is also an alumna of Kappa Delta, where she is active in supporting both the FSU and USF Kappa Delta chapters. Sara is a Florida State University graduate and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida. Sara resides in Tampa with her husband and two daughters.


Shaun Cheatham, Chief Sales Officer

Shaun Cheatham Headshot |Hays USShaun is responsible for the creation and execution of sales strategies for Hays in the US. Shaun is also charged with running the Major and National accounts organization for Hays U.S. With over 20 years of staffing industry experience, Shaun started his career with Hays in the Tampa office where he led the U.S. organization in sales six out of his ten years in production. Prior to Hays, Shaun worked at one of the largest staffing firms in the world where he held a number of Sales and Sales Leadership positions. Shaun resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter.


Aileen Gobes, Finance Director

Aileen Gobes, Finance Director of Hays USAileen is responsible for the accounting and finance function for all Hays businesses in the US. Aileen has just over 30 years of progressive experience in accounting and began her career working for regional accounting firms on audits, taxes and accounting system implementations. Aileen was an accounting leader for a large publicly traded staffing firm for 15 years, serving in multiple roles including Controller and VP of Client Services. Aileen’s leadership experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, SEC reporting, ERP system implementation and upgrades and order to cash management. Aileen is a University of Florida graduate and a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida, and she resides in Tampa.


Sue Hanlon, General Counsel

Sue Hanlon, General Counsel of Hays USSue has been a member of The Florida Bar for over 20 years and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. Prior to joining Veredus in 2011, Sue worked at one of the country’s largest staffing firms where she directed the client contracts and independent contractor subcontracting functions. She has over 9 years of staffing industry experience. Sue’s a Leadership Tampa Bay graduate and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Messiah Lutheran Church’s Christmas toy drive and Back-to-School outreach programs for the children of migrant farmworkers. Sue is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor degree.


Courtney Cassaras, Director of Human Resources

Courtney Cassaras is Human Resources Director ofHays USCourtney has over 12 years of HR and recruiting experience and has worked in a number of different industries including: medical, manufacturing, and technology. Courtney is also charged with managing the consultant experience at Hays. She is an active member of the HR community, a member of SHRM, and holds the PHR certification. Courtney is a long time employee performing a number of different roles and a consistent award winner. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. Courtney resides in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.


Jackie Burns, Director People & Culture - Americas

Jackie Burns Headshot |Hays USJackie joined Hays as a trainee consultant in Scotland in April 2000, progressing to hold several management positions before immigrating to Canada in August 2004 to facilitate the opening of the Vancouver office.

She recruited for Accounting & Finance professionals in both locations from entry level to senior appointments for eight years and was promoted to VP - Western Canada in January 2010. In March 2016, Jackie was appointed Director People & Culture – Americas and currently supports various learning & development and succession planning initiatives across the business in Canada, the USA, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Brazil.


Debi Wolfe, SVP People, Culture & Strategy

Debi Wolfe_Hays US SVP People, Culture & Strategy_headshotDebi brings more than 18 years of leadership experience in the staffing industry to her role at Hays where she oversees all matters relating to people, culture and strategy. During her career, she has served as President of a specialty staffing division and Sr. VP of Human Resources & Organizational Development of a large publicly traded staffing company. In addition, Debi founded and built two successful staffing companies and has provided executive consulting in strategic planning, organizational design, business development, operational infrastructure and culture. Debi is SHRM-SCP certified and holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Development from Avila University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Clemson University.  She is a guest lecturer for the Executive MBA and Doctoral programs at the University of South Florida speaking on entrepreneurship, cultural transformation, leadership and organizational development.

In her personal time, Debi is deeply involved with orphan care and education in Malawi, Africa as well as other community service projects.  She and her husband live in South Tampa. They enjoy spending their free time cycling, traveling or hiking.


Kim Henderson, SVP of Global Accounts

Kim Henderson, SVP of Global Accounts for Hays USKim is responsible for the development, implementation, and servicing of global accounts, as well as government accounts at the state and federal level for Hays. Prior to joining Veredus, Kim worked for a global staffing firm where she served on the executive committee and was responsible for the acquisition and development of strategic national accounts as well as the company wide national sales strategy. She has 20 years of experience in the staffing industry. Kim is active in the local community serving on the Bayside Homeowner’s Association Board and is an active member of the AFCEA and NDIA. Kim is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and the University of Miami with her MBA. She also has a PMP project management certification. Kim resides in Tampa with her husband.


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