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Nelson Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Posted On10/23/2017

ContributorErin Jasper

Joe Madigan takes on CEO role after 13 devoted years with Nelson

Nelson, the largest independent staffing company in Northern California, announced today the promotion of Nelson Executive Vice President, Joe Madigan, to Chief Executive Officer. Madigan will assume CEO responsibilities for the Sonoma-headquartered workforce solutions industry leader effective January 1, 2018.

“I can’t think of anyone more qualified to lead the future of Nelson,” said Craig Nelson, Chairman of the Board. “Joe’s extensive experience in the staffing industry and with Nelson, combined with his passion for our business, clients, and community, exemplifies our core values. He also understands how to foster collaborative business relationships, which will continue to strengthen the company’s growth and brand awareness.”

Madigan has over 20 years of recruiting and networking experience in the Bay Area and over 13 years of experience with Nelson. He joined Nelson in 2004 as a Branch Manager of Nelson & Associates, the company’s finance and accounting specialty division. In eight years, he ascended the division’s leadership ranks and advanced to vice president. His long-term contributions to the company’s success and his forward-thinking leadership style in 2016, led to his most recent promotion to Executive Vice President.

Madigan brings his passion for giving back to the community to Nelson, leading the company’s partnership with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. In 2017, under his leadership, Nelson expanded their support of the non-profit, becoming presenting sponsor of three Bay Area Walk for Wishes events and raising more than $30,000 to fund wishes for children facing life threatening conditions.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this tremendously innovative and philanthropic organization,” said Madigan. “Nelson’s company values align perfectly with what is important to me, both professionally and personally: providing exceptional service and making an impact in the community. I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and professionals at Nelson to help bolster the success of our company, our clients, and the talent we place.”

Current interim Nelson CEO, Jack Unroe, will reassume his previous position on the Nelson Family of Companies Board of Directors and assist with Madigan’s transition to CEO. “We’d like to sincerely thank Jack for serving as our interim CEO through the past 27 months,” said Craig Nelson. “His expertise and guidance have led us to an exciting position, and we look forward together with both Jack and Joe to chart a course for continued prosperity.”