7 February 2023 — AMS, the global talent solutions business, has promoted Jim Sykes to its executive team in the newly created role of Global Managing Director, Operations, leading Candidate Sourcing, Administration, Contingent Workforce Solutions, and Implementation & Transformation.
Jim’s career at AMS spans 18 years and includes time spent leading client solutions in multiple sectors, as well as managing AMS’s global sourcing capabilities. For the last six years, he has been instrumental in growing the Life Sciences sector and establishing AMS’s thought leadership approach in his role as Sector Managing Director. His considerable client focused experience will bring a unique and valuable perspective to AMS’s operations, building on the strong foundations already in place and adding greater value to clients.
This appointment further strengthens AMS’s executive team which last month also welcomed US-based Nikki Hall, a highly experienced HR and talent leader, to the newly created role of Chief People Officer.
These announcements follow a period of strong global growth for AMS which has included several significant acquisitions including HirePower and CnL Advisors in North America, FlexAbility in India, and The Up Group in Europe. Combined with organic growth, these acquisitions are enhancing AMS’s ability to service clients across the globe and bring its deep understanding of digital and technology innovations to help build talent strategies which contribute to business success.
Commenting on his appointment Jim said: “Organisations globally look to AMS to establish a competitive advantage through talent attraction and management. I’ve spent 18 years at AMS, really getting under the skin of our clients, their requirements, and how best to help them attract, engage, and hire the very best talent. This new role will allow me to bring this client understanding to our Operations teams who are already so passionate in helping to deliver exceptional Talent Acquisition programmes, differentiating our organisation from others in our industry, building our deep understanding of the global talent market and developing innovative talent solutions which add tangible value.”
David Leigh, Chief Executive Officer, AMS welcomed Jim to his new role: “At AMS, talent is our world. Our clients have come to rely on us to navigate a new talent climate in which skills shortages and intense competition for talent remains, despite the well documented economic headwinds. Part of our work also involves helping our clients map their workforces’ internal skills to enable career mobility, something we also take pride in as an organisation. It’s gratifying as a Chief Executive to be able to look to your existing expertise and be able to bring internal talent onto an executive team. Jim’s 18 years of experience at AMS and his passion for the talent industry will help us to deliver outstanding Talent Acquisition programmes which provide a truly differentiated approach for our clients and helps them to build workforces which enable business success.”