Staffing Industry Veterans Return to Westaff in Leadership Roles
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westaff, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSTF), a leading provider of staffing services, announced today that Stephen J. Russo and Christa Leonard have agreed to join Westaff as chief operating officer and chief financial officer, respectively.
Both Russo and Leonard are returning to Westaff after departing the company in 2006 to assume senior management positions with Prudential California Realty, as COO and CFO respectively.
According to Westaff CEO and Chairman, Michael T. Willis, with the improving economy, the company is poised to enter a phase of accelerated growth. Regarding the appointments, he commented, "Steve and Christa not only have strong ties to the company and our community, they are industry veterans with extensive experience in operations and finance, as well as mergers & acquisitions."
He continued, "We believe that the industry could be moving towards the next phase of consolidation. We sought out this duo as the best candidates to help prepare the company to expedite our long-term plan."
Steve Russo has over 22 years of senior management experience with 15 years in the staffing industry. During his career, he has served Westaff in two different positions, as vice president, finance from 1991-1995, and as senior vice president, field operations from 2004-2006, before joining Prudential California Realty as COO. He holds a bachelor's in finance from Santa Clara University and currently resides in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Christa Leonard has more than two decades of senior management and public accounting experience with major firms, including KPMG Peat Marwick & Co. Prior to her position as CFO of Prudential California Realty, she served as vice president, finance and treasurer of Westaff for more than five years. She is a CPA and earned her bachelor's in business administration/accounting from California State University, Hayward. She resides in the town of Alamo, Calif.
Westaff provides staffing services and employment opportunities for businesses in global markets. Westaff annually employs in excess of 125,000 people and services more than 20,000 client accounts from 179 offices located throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.westaff.com.
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