Industry-recognized global human capital and outplacement leader joins RiseSmart’s executive team

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 18, 2017 — RiseSmart, the leading provider of contemporary career transition services, today announced the appointment of Karen O’Boyle as chief commercial officer (CCO). O’Boyle, an experienced leader of human capital organizations with over two decades of outplacement experience, joins RiseSmart to further accelerate the company’s global expansion and business momentum.

Prior to joining RiseSmart, O’Boyle was president of global outplacement and redeployment firm, Mullin International, and a key leader responsible for executing the successful, recent sale of the firm. She was also president and CEO of talent management conglomerate, Career Partners International, executive vice president of global sales for Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) and senior vice president with Right Management. O’Boyle brings a unique portfolio of specialized experience and a history of scaling companies for global growth to the RiseSmart team. She will be responsible for business development, customer relationships and the company’s growth goals.

“The addition of Karen to the team is a big win for RiseSmart, our employees and our customers,” said Dan Davenport, recently appointed president and general manager of RiseSmart. “Karen is a mastermind and one of the most highly sought-after leaders in the outplacement business and human capital industry.”

O’Boyle has a history of helping organizations shape and execute business strategies at an accelerated pace, while improving shareholder value.

“With a strong leadership team and a clear mission, RiseSmart is on the fast track to becoming the global leader in career transitions,” said Chris Kibarian, chief executive officer of Randstad Digital Ventures. “The addition of Karen O’Boyle’s experienced leadership, customer-orientation, and knowledge of the industry will have a significant impact on driving the company’s growth.”

“I’m excited to join the RiseSmart team and further accelerate the global growth of the company,” said O’Boyle. “The company’s unwavering commitment to customer success and focus on delivering the best results in the industry are just two of the reasons that I am thrilled to be a part of the team.”

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About RiseSmart

RiseSmart, a Randstad company, is the leading provider of contemporary career transition services for organizations in more than 40 industries and 70 countries. The first outplacement and redeployment provider to recognize, and respond to, the new Employee Relationship Economy, RiseSmart’s “beginning to beginning” approach combines dedicated career coaching and personal branding with patented technology and tools to support transitioning employees. RiseSmart partners with HR teams and provides onsite support, specialized training and secure reporting in a results-oriented approach. Founded in 2007, RiseSmart delivers landing rates exceeding 80 percent and time-to-placement 60 percent faster than national averages. The company has earned awards and recognition from more than a dozen organizations, including Bersin by Deloitte, Gartner Inc., the Brandon Hall Group and Fortune magazine. For more information, visit

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Jocelyn Linde

18 December 2017

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